The Car

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Overview

A murderous car wreaks havoc on a small Western town in this thriller that has gone on to achieve a small degree of cult status in spite of its own silliness. After a pair of bikers and a horn-playing hitchhiker are viciously mowed down, local police realize they have a motoring maniac on their hands. In a show of boldness, the mysterious black automobile kills the sheriff John Marley on the town's main street, leaving the post to officer Wade Parent James Brolin. A supernatural element enters the picture when ...
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Overview

A murderous car wreaks havoc on a small Western town in this thriller that has gone on to achieve a small degree of cult status in spite of its own silliness. After a pair of bikers and a horn-playing hitchhiker are viciously mowed down, local police realize they have a motoring maniac on their hands. In a show of boldness, the mysterious black automobile kills the sheriff John Marley on the town's main street, leaving the post to officer Wade Parent James Brolin. A supernatural element enters the picture when the car motors through a parade practice, but refuses to enter the hallowed ground of a cemetery. The cops chase the car through the desert, but it takes out several squad cars and disappears after injuring Wade. Things take a personal turn when the car eliminates Wade's girlfriend Lauren Kathleen Lloyd in a shocking sequence. Gathering his remaining officers, Wade concocts a plan to stop the horsepower-laden psychopath. ~ Patrick Legare
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Editorial Reviews

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Often criticized as being Jaws in the desert, Elliot Silverstein's The Car is a straightforward thriller that plays a lot more like Steven Spielberg's earlier classic Duel, which was also about a killer vehicle in a barren wasteland. While the film does feature a number of exciting car stunts and is sharply lensed in widescreen, it continuously sinks itself with a combination of ridiculous scripting and bad acting. Looking at the film from a different perspective, however, those same negatives, when combined with the overly serious tone and the wacky, sped-up chase scenes, make the film a humorous watch. The car itself is not fully revealed until nearly halfway through and is in keeping with the film's cartoonish feel. Customized by George Barris, it is a highly modified machine with a huge front bumper and two headlights that look like eyes. It is accompanied by the throaty roar of a racing engine and a constantly blaring horn. Stars James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Farley, and Ronny Cox (who is constantly on the verge of tears) are somber to the point of being laughable. Lloyd has one particularly awful scene in which she insults the car from the safety of holy ground. Thankfully, the screenplay by Dennis Shryack, Michael Butler, and Lane Slate (three writers!) stays focused on the action, although it does stray into two extraneous subplots involving domestic abuse and alcoholism. The stuntwork by Everett Creach is the film's strongest suit, the highlight being an amusing but cool sideways flip by the car onto two oncoming police vehicles. Special effects by Albert Whitlock are saved for an apocalyptic finish that appears phony and cheap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2008
  • UPC: 025195027571
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,459

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Brolin Wade Parent
Kathleen Lloyd Lauren
John Marley everett
R.G. Armstrong Amos
John Rubinstein John Morris
Elizabeth Thompson Margie
Roy Jenson Ray Mott
Kim Richards Lynn Marie
Kyle Richards Debbie
Kate Murtagh Miss McDonald
Robert Phillips Metcalf
Doris Dowling Bertha
Henry O'Brien Chas
Ronny Cox Luke
Melody Thomas Cyclist
Bob Woodlock Pete
Tony Brande Joe
Steve Gravers Mackey
Don Keefer Dr. Pullbrook
Edward Little Sky Denson
Lee Mc Laughlin Marvin Fats
John Moio Parker
Boyd "Red" Morgan Mac Gruder
Bryan O'Byrne Wally
Ernie F. Orsatti Dalton
James Rawley Thompson
Margaret Willey Navajo Woman
Bob Woodstock Cyclist
Hank Hamilton Al
Technical Credits
Elliot Silverstein Director, Producer
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Marvin Birdt Producer
Michael Butler Original Story, Screenwriter
Kevin F. Cleary Sound/Sound Designer
Everett Creach Stunts
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Gerald Hirschfeld Cinematographer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Michael McCroskey Editor
Lloyd S. Papez Art Director
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Peter Saphier Producer
Dennis Shryack Original Story, Screenwriter
Lane Slate Screenwriter
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Disc #1 -- The Car
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   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Langauge: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Ultimate Evil Machine Film!

    The most gripping part of the film is the maniacal horn as The Car kills someone. It appears to belaughing in victory! This horror film far surpasses the garbage today. No blood, no nudity, and only mild profanity. A single father and sheriff [James Brolin] must protect his family and community from a rampaging machine of destruction. The funniest scene is when Kathleen Lloyd's character shouts profanity @ The Car. The vehicle is actually the embodiment of evil. You know it's Satan when it crashes through a house just to get revenge on the woman who shouted curses @ it. If the picture were made today The Car would be a Toyota Prius!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saw it as a kid and just bought the video.

    I too, don't care what critics have or had to say about this movie, I love it. Like the headline says I saw this movie half a dozen times in the theatre as a teenager when it came out,loved it then and still do. There is just something about this movie that has stuck with me,I guess you just have to see it for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One to GET!

    I don't care how cheesy other people say this film is I love it, ok it may have no storyline but it is a brilliant film. A desert, New Mexico, people, a big black sedan then dead people, it's amazing! And the honking of the horn after every kill is brilliant. Watch this film!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A car that needs a hockey mask

    This movie, to modern eyes, has one big trait: It feels uneven. It will feel laughably cheesy one minute, and then genuinely frighten you the next. This movie smacks of a ''Jaws'' ripoff. And while that is probably what got this movie funded, sometimes it actually feels more unsettling than the famous shark. It's not as good of a movie or anything, and definitely hasn't aged as well as ''Jaws.'' But watching this, you can't rationalize that the ''Car'' is just a hungry fish on Creatine. Make no mistake, the film looks cheesy (the big 'first look' at the evil Car really falls flat!). But a couple of times, it really delivers. The characters are very realistic, but not memorable. The story is run-of-the-mill, but not too bad for the genre and time. The climax scene piles on the cheddar. The whole film isn't great, but could have been much worse.

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    Posted March 17, 2009

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