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Writers:
Malcolm Hart (story)
Guillermo Cabrera Infante (earlier screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 January 1997 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
When his wife goes into a troubled labor while he is on the road over 1200 miles away James Kowalski... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Utterly forgettable, utterly pointless, utterly insipid, utterly dull See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Viggo Mortensen ... Jimmy Kowalski

Christine Elise ... Raphinia Kowalski

Steve Railsback ... Sergeant Preston

Rodney A. Grant ... Vision Quest Indian

Peter Murnik ... Gilmore

James MacDonald ... Asst. F.B.I. Agent (as James G. MacDonald)
Paul Benjamin ... Mose, Snake Wrangler
Geno Silva ... Mike Mas

John Doe ... Sammy

Peta Wilson ... Motorcycle girl

Keith David ... Warren Taft

Jason Priestley ... The Voice
Debra Sharkey ... Producer
Ari Barak ... Dr. Nazrin
Frank Roman ... Hernando
Steven Elkins ... Dave

Kimberly Guerrero ... Connie (as Kimberly Norris)
Don Collier ... Sheriff
Robert Neches ... Colonel
Travis Middleton ... Customer
Guy Atchley ... CNN Reporter

Gene Hartline ... Old Trooper
Christopher J. Tuck ... Young Trooper (as Chris Tuck)
Seamus Crossan ... Priest (as Fr. Seamus Crossan)
Charles Young ... Official #1
Mike Rauseo ... FBI Agent #1
Kathryn Kellner ... FBI Agent #2

Richard Meek ... FBI Pilot #1
Rick G. Geiger ... FBI Pilot #2
John Becker ... Utah Pilot (as John E. Becker)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randy Hale ... Boyfriend
Stephanie Sikes ... FBI Agent #3
Anthony Auriemma ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Mark "Jeff" Reed ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... Agent Brown (uncredited)

Daniel Frank Webster ... Reporter with Minicassette Recorder (uncredited)

Seth D. Webster ... ENG Cameraman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Robert Carner 
 
Writing credits
Malcolm Hart (story) (as Malcom Hart)

Guillermo Cabrera Infante (earlier screenplay) (as Guillermo Cain)

Charles Robert Carner (teleplay)

Produced by
Melanie Bell .... associate producer
Alan C. Blomquist .... executive producer
Tarquin Gotch .... supervising producer
Bob Lemchen .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
James Verboort 
 
Cinematography by
Daryn Okada (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marc Leif 
 
Casting by
Victoria Burrows 
 
Production Design by
John Myhre 
 
Set Decoration by
Andrew Bernard 
 
Costume Design by
Sharen Davis 
 
Makeup Department
Deborah Ann Piper .... hair stylist
Cheryl Voss .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Neil Lundell .... unit production manager
Art Schaefer .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randall Badger .... first assistant director
Steve Battaglia .... second second assistant director
Jeff Okabayashi .... second assistant director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacqueline Alpers .... assistant art director
Daniel Boxer .... lead man
Jack Cornelius .... set dresser
Bill Garber .... greensman
Terry Haskell .... property master
Bill Holmquist .... construction coordinator
Terry Kempf .... propmaker
John M. Oswald .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Bob Costanza .... sound editor
David C. Eichhorn .... supervising sound editor (as Dave Eichhorn)
Tim Philben .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Rodgers)
James Thornton .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Eddie Surkin .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Al Magliochetti .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Robert Carlsen .... stunts
Matt McBride .... stunts (as Matthew McBride)
Hershel McGriff .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts (as Jimmy Roberts)
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Runyard)
Steve Vandeman .... stunts
Danny Wynands .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Michael Goi .... director of photography: second unit
Mike Hodges .... key grip
Mansur Johnson .... grip
Benjamin Minot .... assistant camera
Benjamin Minot .... camera operator
Dean Mongan .... assistant camera
Maliz van Ooyen .... second assistant camera
Jeff Zucker .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Jean Scoccimarro .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Blanca Garcia .... costumer
Dana Kay Hart .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
John A. Barton .... assistant editor (as John Barton)
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
 
Transportation Department
Jody Kreinbrink .... picture car coordinator
 
Other crew
Alicia Accardo .... script supervisor
Jeff Aghassi .... location manager
P.J. Connelly .... location manager (as P.J. Connolly)
Toni Cyan .... production assistant
Mark Fitzgerald .... key assistant location manager
Matt Gatson .... key production accountant
Adam Gomez .... production assistant
Justin Kreinbrink .... production assistant
Jon Proudstar .... stand in/photo double
Scott Stravitz .... medic
Liz Wartenberg .... production coordinator (as Liz Brown)
Cindy Hundt .... crew (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
91 min
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Trivia:
A mission (church) shown near the beginning of the movie is "Mission San Xavier del Bac", near Tucson, Arizona.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The oil pan which replaces the broken one is from a small block Chev, not a big block Chrysler.See more »
Quotes:
The Voice:When we are all criminals, who is free?See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Vanishing Point (1971)See more »

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35 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Utterly forgettable, utterly pointless, utterly insipid, utterly dull, 9 March 2003
Author: roarshock from Oregon USA

What made the original Vanishing Point a classic was that everyone was free to read their own meaning into it... or read no meaning at all and just watch the Challenger roar through the desert. What motivates Kowalski? Decipher it from his actions and flashbacks, or just ignore the question entirely. The film is still magnificent either way.

But the studio thought this uncertainty made it too esoteric back in 1971, so it was cut and given a limited release in the expectation of a quick death. But far from vanishing, the original Vanishing Point became recognized as one the GREAT road movies of all time.

This remake shows that Hollywood hasn't changed much. They love remaking a classic (hopefully guaranteeing an audience), but they still think that everything needs to be made both very obvious and very very simple. So they get rid of all the classic elements and turn it into a generic chase movie. They give Kowalski a really REALLY simple, obvious reason for his drive, making his flashbacks and encounters purely superfluous. And being superfluous they are populated with trite two dimensional caricatures... boring fluff that could be disposed of without diminishing this movie at all, slight though it is. This is entirely unlike the original which had interesting, unusual people that added to the story and gave context to the nature and character of Kowalski.

And that clunky, mass market mysticism thrown into the remake? ANY film is better off without that!!!

They also decided to make a federal case out of Kowalski's run... literally. It's not enough that state cops will naturally chase people who run from them (as in the original, and assign a symbolic meaning - or not - to that if you wish). In the remake they pound you again and again with a clumsy blunt-object polemic about the government and militias, with the FBI, ATF etc ultimately all ganging up on Kowalski.

The people who spawned this remake obviously read their own meanings into the original... that's the quality it has that makes it great. But instead of opening up any meanings we might find in their new version for us to discover ourselves, they forced on us that single reading of theirs alone. Unfortunately, that one narrow focus vastly shrank the appeal of the remake to something less than a vanishing point. The end result wasn't worth the wasting of either the Charger or the Challenger, let alone the both of them.

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