Two-Lane BlacktopDirector: Monte Hellman, James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird
A '55 Chevy takes on a '70 GTO in a race across the Southwest in Monte Hellman's cult favorite. The Driver (James Taylor) and the Mechanic (Dennis Wilson) phlegmatically slouch from race to race, pitting their gray Chevy against any and all gearheads in order to make money for gas and food. They and the tag-along Girl (Laurie Bird) meet their match in "Oh Maybelline" fan GTO (Warren Oates), and they all set off on a cross-country race to Washington D.C., with the winner getting the loser's car. But it isn't the end that really counts; it is the process of getting there, as the Girl's fickleness forces the Driver to decide what matters more: endless races or her. Shot on location from a spare script by Rudolph Wurlitzer and Will Corry, Two-Lane Blacktop was trumpeted as the "film of the year" in Esquire magazine before its release. It bombed, and disputes over music rights kept it from home video until 1999, but repertory and TV screenings have gained it an avid following for its automotive detail, flashes of authentic idiosyncrasy, and artfully abstract examination of the urge to forge ahead, whether or not there is anywhere to go.
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Cast & Crew
|David Drake||Station Attendant|
|Harry Dean Stanton||Oklahoma Hitchhiker|
|Richard Ruth||Station Mechanic|
|Alan Vint||Man in Roadhouse|
|George Mitchell||Driver at Accident|
|Charles Moore||Texas Policeman|
|Katherine Squire||Old Woman|
|Rudolph Wurlitzer||Hot Rod Driver|
|Jaclyn Hellman||Driver's Girl|
|James Mitchum||Man at Race Track|
|Richard Bruno||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Will Corry||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Ken Swor||Asst. Director|
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Stoner cold classic! More people should know and appreciate this film and its director Monte Hellman. James Taylor is the sole surviving cast member! So is B&N going the same way Borders went? Pissed to've bought their Nook Color two years ago, now they're selling the HD one for a fraction what I paid!!!
Released in 1971 ''Two Lane Blacktop'' stars Singer/Songwriter James Taylor as ''The Driver'', Beach Boys Drummer Dennis Wilson as ''The Mechanic'' and Warren Oates as ''GTO''. Taylor and Wilson are driving a souped up 1955 Chevy with a 454 block and are constantly being taunted by Warren Oates in his 1970 Pontiac GTO as the two are driving from California to the East Coast. Finally Oates takes up on Taylor and Wilson's idea to run for pink slips. Their final destination is Washington D.C.. Also starring in the movie is Laurie Bird as a hippy with no place to go - a wanderer. So she decides to hitch a ride with the 55 Chevy. Throughout the movie you've got stops in small towns with hotels, drive-ins, bars, and a drag strip among other things. The film also has a bit of humor thrown in with Oates picking up everyone from an old man, a guy from Texas, a old lady and a little girl as well as an environmentalist type and a gay cowboy. This movie although excellent, unfortunately doesn't quite give one the all out thrill that ''Vanishing Point'' (also released in 1971) gave audiences with it's all out cross country car chases. Nonetheless, this is a movie worth owning if you enjoy those type of movies as I do. Highly Recommneded!
slow and stoney. terrific.