Two-Lane Blacktop

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1971
  • Running time: 102 min
Drag racing east from Los Angeles 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 (Laurie Bird). read more

Drag racing east from Los Angeles 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 (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 is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.

Original Release

07/07/1971

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Cast

James Taylor The Driver
Warren Oates G.T.O
Dennis Wilson The Mechanic
Laurie Bird The Girl
Rudy Wurlitzer Hot Rod Driver (as Rudolph Wurlitzer)
Harry Dean Stanton Oklahoma Hitchhiker (as H.D. Stanton)
Jaclyn Hellman Driver's Girl
Bill Keller Texas Hitchhiker
Alan Vint Man in Roadhouse
Katherine Squire Old Woman
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Monte Hellman

Writers

Rudy Wurlitzer, Will Corry, Floyd Mutrux

Cast

James Taylor The Driver
Warren Oates G.T.O
Dennis Wilson The Mechanic
Laurie Bird The Girl
Rudy Wurlitzer Hot Rod Driver (as Rudolph Wurlitzer)
Harry Dean Stanton Oklahoma Hitchhiker (as H.D. Stanton)
Jaclyn Hellman Driver's Girl
Bill Keller Texas Hitchhiker
Alan Vint Man in Roadhouse
Katherine Squire Old Woman
David Drake Needles Station Attendant
Richard Ruth Needles Station Mechanic
Don Samuels Texas Policeman #1
Charles Moore Texas Policeman #2
Tom Green Boswell Attendant
W.H. Harrison Parts Store Owner
Illa Ginnaven Waitress in Roadhouse
George Mitchell Truck Driver at Accident
A.J. Solari Tennessee Hitchhiker
Melissa Hellman Little Girl with Old Woman picked up by G.T.O.

Producers

Editors

Monte Hellman

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