Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »
Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford... See full summary »
The Driver and The Mechanic are two car freaks driving a 1955 Chevy throughout the southwestern U.S. looking for other cars to race. They are totally dedicated to The Car and converse with each other only when necessary. At a gas station, The Driver and The Mechanic, along with a girl who has ingratiated herself into their world, meet G.T.O., a middle-aged man who fabricates stories about his exploits. It is decided to have a race to Washington, D.C., where the winner will get the loser's car. Along the way, the race and the highway metaphorically depict the lives of these contestants as they struggle to their destination. Written by
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According to the director's commentary on the first DVD release, the reason the movie took so long to release on DVD was Jim Morrison. Two Lane Blacktop's sound track has scenes in the movie where Doors music is playing in the background. Monte Hellman and the producers had trouble initially securing permission from Morrison's estate to release the film with its original content of Doors music on to the medium of DVD. For obvious reasons, such DVD permission was not part of the original agreement with the Doors in 1972. Eventually, the studio got permission to use the Doors music again and the DVD was released. See more »
The cost/gallons numbers on the gas pumps change several times during the gas station race set-up scene. See more »
If I'm not grounded pretty soon, I'm gonna go into orbit.
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Problems with music rights have kept this film from being seen much since
its release, which is a real shame. Recently, the Roan Group released a
laserdisc version (not sure if there is a VHS or DVD version), which I
rented on a total whim. It turned out to be one of those rare treasures
not only lives up to its hype--it exceeds it. Anyone who wants to know why
so many of today's films are sub-par would do themselves a favor by
exploring this title. The problem with movies today is that everything is
formulaic, characters (if any are present) are forced to react in
illogical ways just so the plot can hit prefabricated beats. "Two Lane
Blacktop" follows the characters and lets the plot flow from the dynamics
between them. Add to that some really unique characters and what you end
with is a movie that's always coming at you from the most unexpected
and not one second of it feels false or forced. The writing, directing and
acting are dead-on, with Warren Oates a stand-out (his performance should
studied by anyone who wants to act), and James Taylor surprisingly intense
and charismatic. It should be noted that this is not an action movie, so
don't go into it looking for suspense or great racing scenes. Rather, you
should sit back and let this movie work its almost invisible magic on you.
And don't be surprised if you're still thinking about it days later.
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