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Writers:
Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay)
Malcolm Hart (from a story outline by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's the maximum trip... at maximum speed. See more »
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
Best carmovie ever See more (159 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barry Newman ... Kowalski

Cleavon Little ... Super Soul

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

Paul Koslo ... Young Cop

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

Arthur Malet ... Second Male Hitchhiker

Karl Swenson ... 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)
David Gates ... Pianist at Revival Meeting (uncredited)

Ted Neeley ... J. Hovah singer (uncredited)

Charlotte Rampling ... Hitchhiker (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)
 
Stunts
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
 
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)
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for sensuality/nudity and drug content (re-rating) (1998)
Runtime:
99 min | UK:106 min
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Color:
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Iceland:L | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:PG (Approved No. 22718) (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (1998) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The color white was chosen for the car simply so the car would stand out against the background scenery in the movie. White was not symbolic in any way. The director says this in the DVD commentary.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When naked girl motorcycle rider is talking to Kowalski near passenger side of car, her arms are at her side and she is a step back from the car. In the next shot, she is leaning against the car with her arms on the roof.See more »
Quotes:
Super Soul:This radio station was named Kowalski, in honour of the last American hero to whom speed means freedom of the soul. The question is not when's he gonna stop, but who is gonna stop him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
So TiredSee more »

FAQ

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83 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Best carmovie ever, 29 November 2002
Author: Avril Shun (avril_shun@yahoo.com) 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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