Car

Car

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Director: Elliot Silverstein

Cast: Elliot Silverstein, James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
UPC:
0025195027571
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
6,260

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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