Vanishing Point

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Vanishing Point

Having just driven 1,500 miles non-stop from California to Colorado, Sarafian's sullenly uncommunicative anti-hero pauses long enough to grab a supply of bennies, accept a bet that he won't make it back in 15 hours, and zooms off again. It's a marvellous idea: a strange, obsessive odyssey by a man driven like the lemmings by an inexplicable need to keep on going. Then the script starts explaining in embarrassing memory flashes, the echoes of Easy Rider multiply, bits of mysticism and a blind black DJ called Super-Soul are injected, and the woodenness of both direction and Newman's performance becomes increasingly apparent. Marvellously shot on location by John A Alonzo, though.

By: TM

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday January 15 1971
Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Sarafian
Screenwriter: Guillermo Cain
Cast: Bob Donner
Karl Swenson
Severn Darden
Cleavon Little
Dean Jagger
Victoria Medlin
Paul Koslo
Barry Newman
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