Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
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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.
Jul 7, 1971 Wide
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It came nowhere close to the numbers on Easy Rider, but it is so much more worthwhile as a film. Indeed, I'm going to push my luck and say there has never been a better film about sweaters.
Two-Lane Blacktop is a movie of achingly eloquent landscapes and absurdly inert characters.
The strange and sometimes pathetic world of barnstorming, hustling street-racing is explored with feeling by director-editor Monte Hellman.
This exciting existentialist road movie by Monte Hellman, with a swell script by Rudolph Wurlitzer and Will Corry and my favorite Warren Oates performance, looks even better now than it did in 1971.
A remarkably engaging movie, mostly in spite of, rather than because of, its metaphorical aspirations.
The ultimate road movie and one of the great American movies of the 1970s.
As a study in obsession and emotional dislocation Two-Lane Blacktop is in a class of its own.
"Two-Lane Blacktop" prompts a dialogue of uncertain expectation with its audience.
... a quiet, existential masterpiece that has turned into a bonafide cult classic.
even if the Driver and co. are just passin' through, they encapsulate a whole generation lost in the rootless, directionless '70s, scorching the viewer's retina with their quest for nothing.
Captures an aura of existential despondence that's married to a far less evocative (and durable) strain of counterculture romantic doom.
Much more about the journey and the thrill of being a racer as it is about races...
What Two-Lane Blacktop pronounces in its visuals, limited dialogue, and willfully underdeveloped characters remains largely superficial, yet its silence and patience indicate much depth.
Oates gives a compelling performance and musicians Taylor and Wilson supply the right degree of drifter cool.
This is not a film about narrative but loneliness and life on the road, which it captures with a mysterious brilliance.
An excellent piece of introspective 1970s Americana.
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