Film critic Danny Peary listed it as one of the top 50 cult movies of all time... I'd agree. VH-1
showed an editted version of a few years ago. I believe Speedvision aired it once or twice, too.
It'a a gearhead movie for sure. Love that primer gray '55. James Taylor and Dennis Wilson (the
Driver and the Mechanic) do nothing but drive around the country looking for people to drag race.
They keep spare racing slicks in the trunk. They agree to race GTO (Warren Oates) cross country (or
something like that) for pink slips. Of course, along the way, they stop at a diner and meet a
chick who just may wind up coming between the Mechanic and the Driver. Cliche, sure. But a good
gearhead movie nonetheless. I put it right up there with Mad Max, the Road Warrior, Thunder Road,
Easy Rider, Any Given Sunday (the Steve McQueen motocycle racing classic, not the new Oliver Stone
film), Greased Lightning, The Last American Hero, Heart Like a Wheel, Red Line 7000, Hells Angels
Forever, and the Pretty Maids' video "Futureworld". :-)
>My movie guide book doesn't say anything about Lucas. The director was a Monte
>Hellman. Made in '71. James Taylor (yes, that James Taylor, when he had hair),
>Dennis Wilson (yes, that Dennis Wilson) , and Warren Oates as the guy billed as
>"GTO". VERY minimalist acting by the guys in the Chevy. Not really about cars,
>but there's real machinery there. Listen for the gear-drive and the
>rock-crusher howl in the Chevy. It'd be nice to have a 4-speed '70 GTO like
>> > Anyone care to give a breif synopsis/review?
>> > 'Cause I have never heard of this and wonder if I'm interested.
>> > --
>> > Aloha, Henry
>> Story of a cross country run.. in a primer, flip front-end, tunnel-ram, rat
>> motor '55 Chevy. The car was built by Jerry Ruth (?) ..who was runnin Funny
>> cars back then.
>> Same car was used later in American Graffiti .. and it should have blown
>> that lil yellow coupe into the weeds.
>> They run into a wacko in a '70 Pontiac Judge.
>> Thing that impressed me most was, at the time I was runnin a 427 L-88 in a
>> '64 Malibu.. and it sounded the same.. ran through the gears the same ..I
>> think I was runnin a bit more cam than they had tho -grin-
>> (had a .617" lift 332 duration General Kinetics in mine..it was a bit
>> 'radical' ..but it matched the rest :)
>> I'll have to watch it again.. it was one of Lucas' first films.
>> -Gray Eagle
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