Two-Lane Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop

James Taylor
Director: Monte Hellman Cast: James Taylor
James Taylor
, Warren Oates
Warren Oates
, Laurie Bird
Laurie Bird
Monte Hellman

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2013
UPC: 0715515102414
Original Release: 1971
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [monaural, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 4,766

Special Features

Two Audio Commentaries: One By Hellman And Filmmaker Allison Anders And One By Screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer And Author David N. Meyer Interviews With Hellman, Actor James Taylor, Musician Kris Kristofferson, Producer Michael Laughlin, And Production Manager Walter Coblenz Rare Screen Test Outtakes Performance And Image, A Look At The '55 Chevy Used In The Movie And The Film's Locations In 2007 Color Me Gone, Photos And Publicity Material From The Film Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Taylor Driver
Warren Oates G.T.O.
Laurie Bird Girl
Dennis Wilson Mechanic
David Drake Station Attendant
Harry Dean Stanton Oklahoma Hitchhiker
Richard Ruth Station Mechanic
Alan Vint Man in Roadhouse
Melissa Hellman Child
George Mitchell Driver at Accident
Charles Moore Texas Policeman
Don Samuels Actor
Katherine Squire Old Woman
Rudolph Wurlitzer Hot Rod Driver
Jaclyn Hellman Driver's Girl
James Mitchum Man at Race Track

Technical Credits
Monte Hellman Director,Editor
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Will Corry Original Story,Screenwriter
Gary Kurtz Producer
Michael Laughlin Producer
Ken Swor Asst. Director
Rudolph Wurlitzer Screenwriter

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