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Two-Lane Blacktop

Directed by Monte Hellman
United States, 1971


A mechanic and a driver live only to race in their 1955 Chevy. Drifting east on Route 66, they give a female hitchhiker a ride, who incites jealousy between them. Meanwhile, the trio encounters a GTO driver who agrees to race them to New York, putting at stake their most prized possession—their car.

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Two-Lane Blacktop Directed by Monte Hellman
There are times when Taylor shifts from laconic to almost chillingly engaged, somewhere on the line between confident and sociopathic. Maybe that’s the trick in casting a popular musician in a movie: There’s a presence to Taylor that’s more self-assured than an actor with insecurities, and more than once, I’ve heard him described as a “zombie,” or something synonymous for this performance. But those eyes of his are a road to oblivion in and of themselves.
May 28, 2015
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None of the characters have proper names, and Warren Oates’ GTO creates a new history for himself with every conversation he enters into… These are narrative reflections of the wide, empty spaces that characterize Hellman’s mise-en-scene, and they combine to create a memorably eerie portrait of American ambition and folly.
October 07, 2011
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Two years earlier Easy Rider (1969) established the road movie as a commercial genre. Two-Lane Blacktop raised it to a transcendental art form.
January 01, 1997
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