Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
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Average Rating: 7.6/10
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The surface story is a quixotic cross country road race between dapper sociopath playboy Warren Oates driving a showroom GTO and ultra-laconic proto-grunge hippie gearheads James Taylor and Dennis Wilson behind the wheel of their primer gray souped-up '55 Chevy. In director Monte Hellman's hands, however, the raw materials of an AIP hot rod flick take on dark mythic overtones while becoming a quintessential document of end-of the '60s millennialism.
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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