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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:
Simply Unnecessary 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)

David Horn ... FBI Agent (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)

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
Carey Loftin .... Stunt Driver (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The 1971 Plymouth Road Runner that Jim Kowalski drove in the beginning was supposed to be a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, but they used the Road Runner instead because they got use of it for free.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: To lead the cops off his cellular signal, Kowalski hides his cell phone in the left pocket of a light brown suitcase at the bus station. Later when cops stop the bus carrying the suitcase they find his cell phone in the right pocket of a black suitcase.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Simply Unnecessary, 11 August 2011
Author: Jak Roc from United States

I'll start by stating that I have not seen the original 1971 "Vanishing Point", yet. I only picked this movie up from the library because the title stood out after I had remembered it mentioned several times in "Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof", and it was the only copy there. No original. So I took a look.

First off the whole religion/spirituality theme underlying the whole movie was very unnecessary and forced. Several people are seen performing the signs of the cross, Kowalski's conversion to Catholicism is very prevalent, and even the doctor he contacts at the hospital his wife is at, is named Nazren. Sounds a lot like Nazarene or Nazareth. So the whole religious side of the film was unnecessary.

The Flashback/Dream sequences were edited very poorly. It takes a second before you realize it's really a flashback/dream because they are edited into the current scene like it's similar scene or parallel moment somewhere else.

And finally the action. I love car chases in film. Movies like Death Proof and Gone in 60 Seconds have amazing car chases, with lots of crashes, side by side collisions, all the fun stuff. This film has some decent car chase sequences but they are split apart too many times to make way for the drama that it really tarnishes the adrenaline rush they should be evoking. Not only that but they are not spectacular. The first few are a bit of a rush because you he has his "mission" and he means to fulfill it. But after a while, with all the stops and drama, the action not only feels less engaging or tense but the action itself feels a little tired, as in the stunts and speedy feeling become less and less powerful and amazing.

The story was simple but with all the "hero" messages and religion "advertising" it started to feel too contrived and mixed up. Finish it off with a poorly written and COMPLETELY unnecessarily ambiguous ending and you get 1997 "Vanishing Point".

Again I have not seen the original (something I will get on top of ASAP), so I can't decided for myself how it holds up but my experience with this film has strengthened my powers of clairvoyance and they say: "It doesn't..."

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