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Two-Lane Blacktop [DVD]

James Taylor , Dennis Wilson , Monte Hellman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, David Drake
  • Directors: Monte Hellman
  • Producers: Michael Laughlin
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFL1UI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,796 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



James Taylor is The Driver, a car-obsessed racer with stringy hair and a concentration that precludes conversation. He travels the backroads of rural America with his buddy, The Mechanic, (Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys), an equally obsessed lost soul at home only in the car or under the hood. They have no names, only designations, and no life outside of their gypsy existence, riding the unending highway in their souped-up '55 Chevy from race to race. After picking up a hitchhiking Girl (Laurie Bird), whose presence breaks the tunnel-vision focus of the two men, they challenge a middle-aged hotshot, the garrulous G.T.O. (Warren Oates) to a cross-country race. Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop is the most alienated evocation of modern America ever made, an almost abstract study in dislocation and obsession set against a vague landscape of roadside diners and rest stops. Taylor and Wilson deliver appropriately blank performances, only expressing emotion when The Girl sparks jealousy between them. Oates is a glib dynamo constructing a new persona in every scene, as if trying on characters to play as he ping-pongs between the coasts. "How fast does it go?" asks The Driver, admiring G.T.O.'s car. "Fast enough," he answers. The Driver snaps, "You can never go fast enough." These are characters on the road to nowhere who can't work up enough speed to escape themselves. --Sean Axmaker

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James Taylor Two-Lane Blacktop

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Read the comments on the IMDB site and you'll find plenty of people who obviously watched it thinking they were getting another "American Graffiti" or 1971 version of "The Fast And The Furious" and came away hugely disappointed - little action, monosyllabic and underplayed acting, no real story and a strange unsatisfying ending. But it's all those things that make the film so wonderful! It's a perfect late 60s/early 70s road movie. Two guys who just drive about in a 1955 Chevy (so stripped that it doesn't even have a paint job) challenging local hotshots to street drag races until they bump into a strange bullshitter who challenges them to race across the US, and off they go. James Taylor and Dennis Wilson beautifully underplay their parts. They just exist to race and so anything else, talk included, is really superfluous. A girl hitcher gets picked up at one point and ends up walking away from the pair of them obviously bemused and somewhat pissed off that despite her attempts to make one jealous of the other they really just don't care about her. And you get all the talk you need from the wonderful Warren Oates, who plays the GTO driver brilliantly - the character's just too old to have `gotten' the sixties and knows they he's missed something. Every hitcher he picks up as he races across the country gets told a different story, and his sense of jealousy for what he thinks Taylor and Wilson has is palpable. It's beautifully shot and proceeds at a langorous, leisurely pace. The ending is what one can only describe at "cinematic". If you want thrills-and-spills then give it a miss. If you want to see a cult gem, one of the coolest films ever made, check it out. I first saw it twenty odd years ago and it became my favourite film; the nice thing is, twenty odd years later it still is.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic road movie 19 Jan 2004
This is a great movie! First of all it stars Singer Songwriter James Taylor an Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in their first and only acting roles. They are two drifters who race their Ol' 55 Chevy for money. Warren Oates stars and steals the show as the driver of a Pontiac GTO who races them across the backroads of america for "Pinks"(car docs) picking up various weirdos on the way. They pick up a (Laurie) "Bird" who joins them for a ride. You never really know what's going on or what might happen next and the film does have an abrupt ending. This can all be explained in the director voice over option. It's a shame this appears to be in short supply. Maybe get it from It's a classic buy it! IMPORTANT I can only play this on my PC dvd player and not on my multi-region DVD player for some reason(maybe my dvd player isn't too hot)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Road Movie with a difference 8 Aug 2006
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I've been waiting for this to be re-released in this country for years. I remember seeing it a couple of times on TV. For anyone who's into this period of American movie making this can be considered a classic. For anyone who's interested in James Taylors' career it's very interesting to watch. Why it's taken until 2006 to get a release seems strange, although I expect it'll only appeal to niche markets and true movie lovers unless there's some promotion. Shame.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive '70s Road Movie 25 Jan 2007
This is THE film that for me defines the "Road Movie" genre. This is a window into endless days and roads, there's no particular start or end, just stark, listless and sometimes uncomfortable punctuation on the way to nowhere. It also protrays the cultural no-mans land of the post hippie period perfectly, the half bitten relationships between the main players, lacking sentiment so profuondly that the saccarin smiles that would fill the cinema later in this decade seem like grotesque parade floats. This film is mesmerising, once seen you can't forget it, it took me a long time (and a lot of money) to get it on import, here it is, easy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This movie came out when I was at art school. Easy Rider had set the scene for road movies of this era and Bullet's car chase sequence had given us an unforgetable taste of American Muscle Cars. Vanishing Point was THE (?) big road movie of 1971 and Amercian Graphitti was still in the making. One of my lecturers had actually done the car ferrying across the States that is the initial motive for Barry Newmans character in Vanishing Point and had spotted the screenplay for Two Lane Blacktop in Esquire magazine. I read it and was hooked by it's imagery. When the film was released the two leads seemed perfectly cast and the locations and characters were exactly as I'd imagined they would be. The world of back road America away from all that was modern and the roar of the freeways was perfect for this "new Easy Rider" as Esquire had dubbed it. It wasn't Easy Rider "the sequel" but it had the concept of drifting and following your next whim. Warren Oates character provided "the bread head" and a contrast with their aimless wandering as well as most of the films understated humour. This is not an action film. As other reviewers have suggested it is a thoughtful, thought provoking film, set in the world of back roads America that I'm sure will stick in your memory as it has for mine ....for 39 years now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a film where nothing happens, except right at the end, when nothing happens. Dialogue is minimal. Acting is underplayed, and several of the stars are "non-actors" (whatever that means). The tone is nihilistic - although I should point out that no-one dies, and nothing particularly bad happens. Yet despite all that, it's watchable and engaging.

This re-defined for me what film making can be. It's not like anything else I've seen (including films made after it), although directors like Jarmusch obviously share some of Hellman's values.

It was on my "must see before I die" list for years, and I was prepared for it to fail to meet the hype. In fact, I think it far exceeds it: a classic, a milestone, a must for everyone with a serious interest (whatever that is) in film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this
Published 12 days ago by Charles S. Redworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
happy with that purchase ! :) thankyou
Published 1 month ago by crawford campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as expected an excellent 70's road movie
Published 1 month ago by Black Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Road movie magic
Bought as a gift from my wife.Already had the restored dvd version.
If you love old cars or road movies;this is for you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dean Stansfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Lane Blacktop
Not rubbish.Not great.You've got have patience with this one as its rather "slow".The main characters are decent cool dudes and it has its fun moments indeed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lisa J.
5.0 out of 5 stars two lane blacktop
haven't watched this yet, but I love james taylor so I know it will be good, bought for a present
Published 3 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Two lane black top
I have had this movie on my want list for some time as a bit of a petrol head I had to have my own copy it was despatched and it arived as stated packaging good .
Published 5 months ago by Subbzero
4.0 out of 5 stars Low Key Art House Road Movie Burn Out
Watchable mainly for the colour more than anything else. Some of the gas stations and diner interiors remind me of Ozu's red kettles and china in those late colour films. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic 70's movie
One of the very best car movies ever made. The on going duel between the boys in their primer grey machine '55 chevvy is just classic film making at its very best. Read more
Published 7 months ago by I H TOMLINSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Road movie!
Probably the strongest of the 70s American road movies. It is offbeat but it does work well. The acting is surprisingly good.
Published 7 months ago by Commercial lawyer
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