Two-Lane Blacktop (DVD)

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Cult film director Monte Hellman follows up his legendary westerns THE SHOOTING and RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND with another bona fide classic, this time set on the paved highways of early 1970s America. Making their acting debuts, musicians Dennis Wilson and James Taylor play a pair of drag-racing drifters who battle against willing competitors all along the back roads of America, encountering a wild cast of characters. After stopping for lunch one afternoon, Taylor (The Driver) and Wilson (The Mechanic) discover a young woman in their back seat (Laurie Bird, credited as (The Girl). The newly formed trio continues to head east, and places a risky bet with Warren Oates after bumping into each other at a gas station. The first automobile to arrive in Washington D.C. is the winner. The prize: the loser's car (Taylor and Wilson drive a 1955 Chevy, while Oates pilots a 1970 Pontiac GTO). Strangely enough, rather than turning into a relentless fight to the finish, none of the participants seem too worried about picking up the pace. In fact, they act as if they're afraid of reaching their destinations, spurning an endless series of sidetracks that turns Hellman's film into a broad existential metaphor and cementing its place as one of 1970s Hollywood's bravest motion pictures.


UPC 715515026925
Studio Criterion
Format DVD
Extra Info 2-Disc Set
Genre Drama
Rating Restricted
Dimensions 5.75" x 1" x 7.5" WxHxD
Weight 0.85 lbs
Stars James Taylor, Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson
Directors Monte Hellman
Dimensions 7.5x5.3x0.6
Country of Origin United States

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  • two lane blacktop box set
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    a good time piece movie about life on the road in the 70's

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  • Two-Lane Blacktop
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    Two Lane is a period piece not intended to take you there but to give you some incite to the time. Many of us grew up in the time when free living, and that's what this one is all about, was not just possible but practiced. To try and put too much into the characters would detract from the basic message, that being that freedom of the road doesn't mean freedom from life. The driver and the mechanic escape from social pressure through gypsy drag racing until the Girl comes into the picture, not by thier choice, and causes problems by her presence alone. GTO on the other hand causes his own problems by just being what he is. Is there intended to be a message in this? There was when the movie came out, but nothing relevant now. It IS, however, a good flic to take you back to younger days when you still believed this life was attractive, if not desireable. The additional material does add considerably to the value of this movie. Kids won't get it but those of us who haven't forgotten our youth will enjoy it as much as the first time we saw it.

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