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Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay)
Malcolm Hart (from a story outline by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1971 (USA) See more »
It's the maximum trip... at maximum speed. See more »
During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Best carmovie ever See more (160 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barry Newman ... Kowalski

Cleavon Little ... Super Soul

Dean Jagger ... Prospector
Victoria Medlin ... Vera Thornton

Paul Koslo ... Deputy Charlie Scott

Robert Donner ... Deputy Collins (as Bob Donner)
Timothy Scott ... Angel
Gilda Texter ... Nude Rider
Anthony James ... First Male Hitchhiker

Arthur Malet ... Second Male Hitchhiker

Karl Swenson ... Sam - Clerk at Delivery Agency
Severn Darden ... J. Hovah
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends ... J. Hovah's Singers

Lee Weaver ... Jake
Cherie Foster ... First Girl
Valerie Kairys ... Second Girl

Tom Reese ... Sheriff
Owen Bush ... Communications Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Amos ... Super Soul's Engineer (uncredited)

Val Avery ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Rita Coolidge ... J. Hovah's Singer (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... Colorado Communications Officer (uncredited)
David Gates ... Pianist at Revival Meeting (uncredited)

Ted Neeley ... J. Hovah singer (uncredited)
Bruce Rhodewalt ... CHP Communications Officer (uncredited)

Meg Wyllie ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard C. Sarafian 
Writing credits
Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay) (as Guillermo Cain)

Malcolm Hart (from a story outline by)

Barry Hall  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Pearson .... executive producer
Norman Spencer .... producer
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stefan Arnsten 
Set Decoration by
Glen Daniels 
Jerry Wunderlich 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Francisco Day .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Glassman .... assistant director
John D. Benson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (as Dennis Parrish)
Sound Department
Bill Edmondson .... sound mixer
Tom Edwards .... sound mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Paul Stewart .... special effects (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunt coordinator (as Louis Elias)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (as Cary Loftin)
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Brooks .... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt double (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Hart .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mason Sperry .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael McLean .... casting supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe master
Location Management
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Jimmy Bowen .... music producer
Jimmy Bowen .... music supervisor
Pete Carpenter .... musical associate
Tom Thacker .... musical associate
Other crew
Michael McLean .... associate: Mr. Sarafian
Iain Quarrier .... creative associate
Maurice Unger .... production administrator
Duane Toler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for sensuality/nudity and drug content (re-rating) (1998)
99 min | UK:106 min
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Iceland:L | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 22718) (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (1998) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

According to Sarafian on the commentary, he made the film on a budget of 1.3 million. Sarafian also admitted that he had surpassed the allotted budget by $80k due to executive producer Richard Zanuck taking a liking to the film. Zanuck then hired eight different teams of Dolby artists to bring a visceral aesthetic to the Challenger. In the end, Sarafian lost 2.5 points which he joked were "Vanishing Points!"See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At 150:56, when the prospector is wrangling the snake a green tripod leg and equipment shadows are visible.See more »
Sandy:Kowalski, and the keys for a sawed-off weekend. Well you're both welcome.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Husband, the Producer (1974)See more »
I Can't Believe ItSee more »


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84 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Best carmovie ever, 29 November 2002
Author: Avril Shun ( from Stockholm, Sweden

One thing I realised about carfilms, or whatever you might call them, is that a certain degree of monotony is always required (check out the wonderful Two Lane Blacktop too see what I mean). If you waste too much time with backgrounds, character development, story etc the really important stuff starts lacking (the car as an instrument of freedom, the road, the desert...). In this way Vanishing Point is the perfect carmovie: it's about the most monotonous, yet beautiful things i've ever seen! It's about:

1. The car

2. The road

3. The desert

4. The music

And nothing else! Some vague attempts are made to make a character out of Kowalski, but fortunely they're small in numbers. The car is the true main character of the film.

I recommend this film with all my heart.

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