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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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Look back on your life torn asunder...then throw it into third gear and floor it. 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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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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: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?

The squad car rollover was anticipated by stuntman Carey Loftin. He'd warned Sarafian and John Alonzo. Sarafian joked "Now I'll know where to put the camera."See more »
Continuity: Numerous scenes are shot in Joshua Tree National Monument in California long before the Welcome to California sign is shot.See more »
Nude Motorcycle Rider:Is there something I can do for you?
Kowalski:Well, like what?
Nude Motorcycle Rider:Like anything you want.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Beyond the Grave (2010)See more »
So TiredSee more »


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130 out of 148 people found the following review useful.
Look back on your life torn asunder...then throw it into third gear and floor it., 2 April 2004
Author: Apollyon_Crash from Meridian, MS, USA

Barry Newman is "Kowalski", an enigmatic figure who has tried everything in his life from stock car racing to the military, and failed at every one of his endeavors. Working as an auto delivery man, he gets an order to transport a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T to San Francisco, and makes a bet with a few friends that it can be done in an impossibly short time. After loading up on "ups" and throttling the car westward, he is soon pursued vigorously by the police and embraced by the public as something of a hero. During a time when national speed limits were all controversy, this film provides a compelling argument against them: A fast car in the hands of a capable driver is not dangerous. Even the police, so caught up in their own system, don't realize that they are the only ones causing accidents and endangering the public while blindly trying to keep up with and capture Kowalski.

While the film sounds at first to be a simple action film, it's really much more than that. Kowalksi's past is revealed little by little through flashbacks, making the film something of a character study. Kowalski's trip becomes a road trip of existentialism as he runs across various strange characters: Solitary hippies, gay bandits, a boogie-woogie snake handling Christian cult, and the blind soul station DJ (brilliantly played by Cleavon Little) who is attempting to guide him on his journey from within the car's radio.

Topping it off is a great soundtrack, breathtaking cinematography and direction, and automotive action that has seen no equal. This film manages to be both compelling and exciting. Just watch it already.


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