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Two-Lane Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop

1971 / 102min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: MONTE HELLMAN

CAST: JAMES TAYLOR, WARREN OATES, LAURIE BIRD, DENNIS WILSON

“Make it three yards, motherfucker, and we’ll have an automobile race.” Drifting dragsters James Taylor and Dennis Wilson, in a ’55 Chevy 150, square off with Warren Oates’s well-heeled serial fabulist in a yellow Pontiac GTO, in a cross country race for pink slips—though the contest is less the point for Hellman and screenwriter Rudolph Wurlizter. A commercial failure upon release, the film is now rightfully beloved and has earned Monte Hellman a place in the hearts of all cinephiles.

Two-Lane Blacktop is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see. Click here for more info.