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on 16 October 2013
If you want to watch a barely vocal Barry Newman driving a Dodge Challenger at high speed for an hour and a half, this could be the film for you. If you don't care for Barry Newman, or you would like to see him in a film where he occasionally speaks, or watching a car speeding across Utah, Colorado and Nevada is not your thing, then this film may not be for you.
The central premise is that Kowalski has to deliver the car from somewhere in Colorado to San Francisco in 15 hrs. No explanation is given as to what the hurry is, why it would be worth getting a lifetime's speeding points in one day, or why the police forces of three states should risk life and limb to stop him. Nor does history relate what the customer made of receiving a car that had been caned to explosion point and had had every body panel thoroughly bashed-in.
Kowalski himself is fuelled only by Benzedrine; unless I missed it, he doesn't care for food or sleep.
By way of diversion from his relentless high speed charge Kowalski encounters some odd-ball characters on the way, a man catching rattlesnakes in the desert, a woman who rides a motorbike without her clothes on, and some hippies.
There is a blind hipster radio DJ (Super Soul) who charts Kowalski's progress by listening in to police radio and giving a suitably hip commentary over the airwaves, but for my money this character has not stood the test of time too well.

The shots of the car speeding through the desert are terrific.
There is a great chase with an E-type Jag that is eventually run off the road into a river and totally destroyed, and dozens of police motorcyclists suffer similar fates.

Ultimately the film is completely pointless, but I can't pretend that I didn't enjoy it a lot.
I'd rather watch this than any number of episodes of Downton Abbey.
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on 17 March 2017
Beautiful movie, without a point - which contributes to make it beautiful! A must see not only for car and speed lovers (and cop haters). Fascinating view of the US Southwest, stretches of desert in front of the windshield. Why driving so fast? why driving at all? there is no reason, for the sake of it.
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on 16 January 2011
I originally saw this road movie at the Odeon Cinema, Elephant & Castle, in the 1970's. It carried a 15 Certificate, and I recall that I was underage at the time, and worried that I might get sussed out by the ticket seller. The Odeon isn't there any more, but I'm glad that I was able to track down a copy of the movie!!

Its story, if there ever was one, involved Barry Newman having to deliver a Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Fransico. That doesn't really matter. It was an adrenaline rush, involving Newman driving an American muscle car as fast as possible. From out of nowehere, some bloke decides he wants to test his E-Type Jag against Newman's Dodge - as you do - and it all ends in tears for the Jag driver.

Pursued by cops, the only thing they have on Newman is speeding and careless driving!! It's a great film to put the brain in neutral, sit back with a few munchies and a few beers, and drool over the deep rumbling sound of the Challenger's V8 power unit! It was the end of the flower power era. There is a great soundtrack of blues, folk and rock 'n' roll. Oh, and Gilda Texier riding a Harley in the desert.

I wonderful, whimsical movie, but at the end, the good guy can't win. It was the early '70's. A Cult Classic!!!
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on 10 March 2016
The best movie ever made!!!...although plenty of car stuff in it, it's NOT really about cars at all. It's about FREEDOM and how the State and beaurocracies will take it from you if they can.
The last free soul!
Oh and there's great rockabilly music too!
I understand there's actually a slightly longer version with a big name female star in it but this is not available for our spec TV in UK. I've never seen that one.
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on 14 September 2014
Has the UK version on one side, with the extra scenes (hitchhiker) and US on the other. If you have a region hack on your DVD player its worth buying this for the extra scenes - make up your own mind whether they distract from the story or whether seeing a few more minutes of the challenger (in the dark/early morning) makes it better for you. There was another point that became clearer for me when I saw the extra scenes that had eluded me for the last 30 years - I wont say what it is.
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on 2 June 2012
Really enjoyed this and it is a film I can watch again and again. Its a road movie and at first I struggled to understand why this guy is racing across America with a death wish but it slowly explains its self, well almost. I had to read a review to fully understand it but then is still does not really seem rational. But hey put that aside and watch the action and all the weird and wonderful charactors he meets on the way. Lots of hippys amongst other people and an appearance by Delaney and Bonny who who were big stars in the music world at the time. Road movie par excellence.
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on 24 May 2017
I have seen the film when it originally came out. It seemed OK then, specially as I have briefly owned the silly green colour Challenger 383 R/T. Some films do survive the test of time, but not this one.
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on 26 March 2013
This story combining as it does a driver with a troubled past ,a blind DJ, chasing cops an assortment of characters
encountered and a violent ending is just about as good as it gets. Cinemaphotgraphy is outstanding and this combines
with a soundtrack absolutely appropriate to the action bearing in mind this predates all the electronic effects and digital
manipulation that is now commonplace
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on 6 October 2013
Excellent film which I originally saw when first released. A bit of a forgotten gem, rarely seen on tv. The story revolves around a disillusioned ex cop, played by Barry Newman, who's delivering a white Dodge Challenger across state in the US. Whilst keeping himself awake with uppers, he is pursued by the police, avoiding them with his driving skills and helped by a blind radio DJ, Super Soul. Great soundtrack and dramatic ending. Recommended.
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on 14 September 2016
Easy Rider on four wheels !! Like Easy Rider, this also has a great sound track.
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