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Directed by Monte Hellman

United States 1971 102 mins.

A minimalist road movie about two men with enigmatic pasts searching for solace, or maybe just speed, TWO LANE BLACKTOP gives acclaim to the beautiful landscapes of the Southwest, unspoken machismo and existential obsession. Aimless young hot-rodders (James Taylor and Dennis Wilson) make their way across the country by betting their monstered-up ’55 Chevy against all comers. Somewhere in New Mexico they encounter generationally-challenged Warren Oats sporting a brand new Pontiac GTO and an attitude. A hypnotic duel soon unfolds as men and machines blaze on the endless road to nowhere. They may never arrive, but they travel very, very fast.

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