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Two-Lane Blacktop

Genres: Drama, Road Trips, Cars / Automobiles, Auto Racing, Criterion Collection, 70s

Cast: James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird, Warren Oates

Director: Monte Hellman

Synopsis: Drag racing east from L.A. in a souped-up '55 Chevy are the wayward Driver and Mechanic (singer/songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys'Dennis Wilson, in their only acting roles), accompanied by a tagalong Girl (Cockfighter's Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates's Pontiac GTO–driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race—the prize: their cars' pink slips. But no summary can do justice to the existential punch of TWO-LANE BLACKTOP. With its gorgeous widescreen compositions and sophisticated look at American male obsession, this stripped-down narrative from maverick director Monte Hellman (The Shooting) is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1971


  • "The quintessential road movie.", The Village Voice
  • "Monte Hellman gets my vote as the cinema's most underappreciated great director.", Kent Jones, Film Comment

Two-Lane Blacktop
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