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Writers:
Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay)
Malcolm Hart (from a story outline by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's the maximum trip... at maximum speed. See more »
Plot:
During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Don't Psychoanalyse See more (163 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barry Newman ... Kowalski

Cleavon Little ... Super Soul

Dean Jagger ... Prospector

Victoria Medlin ... Vera Thornton

Paul Koslo ... Deputy Charlie Scott

Robert Donner ... Deputy Collins (as Bob Donner)

Timothy Scott ... Angel
Gilda Texter ... Nude Rider

Anthony James ... First Male Hitchhiker

Arthur Malet ... Second Male Hitchhiker

Karl Swenson ... Sam - Clerk at Delivery Agency

Severn Darden ... J. Hovah
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends ... J. Hovah's Singers

Lee Weaver ... Jake
Cherie Foster ... First Girl
Valerie Kairys ... Second Girl

Tom Reese ... Sheriff
Owen Bush ... Communications Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Amos ... Super Soul's Engineer (uncredited)

Val Avery ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Rita Coolidge ... J. Hovah's Singer (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... Colorado Communications Officer (uncredited)
David Gates ... Pianist at Revival Meeting (uncredited)

Ted Neeley ... J. Hovah singer (uncredited)
Bruce Rhodewalt ... CHP Communications Officer (uncredited)
Antonino Garcia Tony ... Kid In Back Of Truck (uncredited)

Meg Wyllie ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard C. Sarafian 
 
Writing credits
Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay) (as Guillermo Cain)

Malcolm Hart (from a story outline by)

Barry Hall  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Pearson .... executive producer
Norman Spencer .... producer
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stefan Arnsten 
 
Set Decoration by
Glen Daniels 
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Francisco Day .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Glassman .... assistant director
John D. Benson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (as Dennis Parrish)
 
Sound Department
Bill Edmondson .... sound mixer
Tom Edwards .... sound mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Paul Stewart .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Louie Elias .... stunt coordinator (as Louis Elias)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (as Cary Loftin)
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Brooks .... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt double (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Hart .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mason Sperry .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Michael McLean .... casting supervisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe master
 
Location Management
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jimmy Bowen .... music producer
Jimmy Bowen .... music supervisor
Pete Carpenter .... musical associate
Tom Thacker .... musical associate
 
Other crew
Michael McLean .... associate: Mr. Sarafian
Iain Quarrier .... creative associate
Maurice Unger .... production administrator
Duane Toler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vanishing Point" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"Carrera contra el destino" - Mexico, Uruguay
"Corrida Contra o Destino" - Brazil, Portugal
"Fluchtpunkt San Francisco" - Germany (DVD box title), West Germany (imdb display title)
"Внезапно изчезване" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Исчезающая точка" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Ölüm noktasi" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Avto smrti" - Slovenia (imdb display title)
"Døden bak rattet" - Norway
"Grenzpunkt Null" - East Germany
"Jakten mot nollpunkten" - Sweden
"Med spiken i bottnet" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title)
"Nasta laudassa" - Finland
"Point limite zéro" - France
"Punct de disparitie" - Romania (imdb display title)
"Punto límite: cero" - Spain
"Punto zero" - Italy
"San Fransisco: Ora miden" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Speed" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Száguldás a semmibe" - Hungary
"Tačka nestanka" - Serbia
"Točka nestajanja" - Croatia
"Vanishingu Pointo" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Verdwijnpunt Nul" - Belgium (Flemish title) (imdb display title)
"Znikajacy punkt" - Poland
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MPAA:
Rated R for sensuality/nudity and drug content (re-rating) (1998)
Runtime:
99 min | UK:106 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1984) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Iceland:L | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 22718) (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #22718) (re-rating) (1998) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Trivia:
According to Sarafian on the commentary, he made the film on a budget of 1.3 million. Sarafian also admitted that he had surpassed the allotted budget by $80k due to executive producer Richard Zanuck taking a liking to the film. Zanuck then hired eight different teams of Dolby artists to bring a visceral aesthetic to the Challenger. In the end, Sarafian lost 2.5 points which he joked were "Vanishing Points!"See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The blind character Super Soul wears a regular wrist watch.See more »
Quotes:
Super Soul:And there goes the Challenger, being chased by the blue, blue meanies on wheels. The vicious traffic squad cars are after our lone driver, the last American hero, the electric centaur, the, the demi-god, the super driver of the golden west! Two nasty Nazi cars are close behind the beautiful lone driver. The police numbers are gettin' closer, closer, closer to our soul hero, in his soul mobile, yeah baby! They about to strike. They gonna get him. Smash him. Rape...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Super Soul ThemeSee more »

FAQ

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64 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Don't Psychoanalyse, 17 January 2002
Author: (richardjohnmalin@lineone.net) from Leicester, England

Please oh please can people just WATCH this film. Forget all the symbolism. You know since I was a kid this seems to have been a topic of conversation with just about anyone who's ever seen it, you've heard it haven't you? The bar-room amateur psychoanalyst or the self proclaimed expert on human behaviour, all giving out opinions of dubious worth.

HERE IS THE CLUE!..... It's a big one too! -------The title!.....There is no point... There.

Anyway back to the film. If you were thinking that I don't like it you're wrong because I think it's terrific. In fact it's brilliant, and not in some foot to the floorboards and brain out of the window way either. There IS a lot of meaning, albeit so jumbled up as to defy any reasoned explanation. So get the beers in, get your mates round and enjoy it--all 500 Horse Power, the gleaming chrome, the V8 rumble,the cool DJ, the clanking bulldozers, the surreal nudist and the full circle ending. Like I said, pointless. Brilliant. Memorable.

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