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Vanishing Point
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Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 02/06/2007

Art film and road movie collide for Vanishing Point, an existential car chase across the desert in a post Easy Rider America. Barry Newman stars as Kowalski, a taciturn driver who bets that he can drive a new Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours. He loads up on amphetamines and begins his odyssey through the contemporary west while a funky black DJ (Cleavon Little) turns the driver into a folk hero and broadcasts advice on dodging the cops. It's like a counterculture precursor to Smokey and the Bandit, with the road as the last bastion of freedom and the DJ as a combination commentator and mystical guide. The slim plot offers a network of society drop-outs that aid the "last free Man on Earth" (as the DJ describes him) on his obscure but obviously symbolic quest while flashbacks paint Kowalski as a world-weary hero. It doesn't really make much sense, but the amazing car chases and excellent stunt work are stunningly set against the American west, beautifully captured by cinematographer John A. Alonzo. Vanishing Point is most assuredly a product of its time, the heady, anything-goes era of rebellion in the early 1970s. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews:

  • Dodge Challenger and the Meaning of Life
    This is a must see for thoses of you still searching all these years since the sixties. Kowalski is the Everyman we strive to become, yet are reluctant to put the petal to the metal and make a commitment to life as it comes our way. Hats off to the strong supporting cast and genius direction. We can all identify with somebody here.
    The only problem I have is neither version presented on the disc coincides with my actual memory of the climactic ending. In MY mind, Kowalski speeds up, becomes airborne and, yes, VANISHES at the roadblock. The ending(s) supplied really let me down....more info
  • We gonna have ourselves a car chase today
    I guess that is the point of this movie, but there is a little more to it. Kowalski played by Barry Newman is a car runner that always delivers his cars. On his drive there he gets chased by a bunch of cops but he drives a Dodge Challenger, so nobody will catch him. His back story is explained in a few scenes of how he used to be a cop and a race car driver. Everything in the movie is very interesting but the car chases are the thing that is going to hold your attention. Well, also the naked woman riding the motorcycle, you have to like her too.

    The dvd gives us the uncut UK version and wow what a difference. Also a commentary by the director was a real treat to listen to. ...more info
  • Vanishing - To assume the value zero
    Can I please get my money back? This movie is terrible. There is one thing that I have never done as an avid movie watcher, and that one thing is fall asleep during a movie. Bad or not, I haven't fallen asleep on a movie....Until Vanishing Point somehow found it's way into my theater room. I'm telling ya, whenever I'm having a night where I just can't fall asleep, I'll pop this terrible movie in and in 10 minutes I'm sleeping like a baby. I bought this movie for Five Dollars and I feel like I got the short end of the stick here. I feel flat out robbed. With a weak American Dollar, paying $5 for this movie is a bit too much.

    The acting, chases and the Nascar plot sent this movie spinning around in circles, literally as the disc flew across the room. I don't understand the positive reviews of this movie. What is there to like? Save your five dollars please. Don't be suckers people....more info
  • Car chase movie with a storyline
    The original Vanishing Point (not 'updated' 1997 version) lives up to its name of being one of the classic cinematic car chase movies. Through subtle poignant tones is the story of a man known simply as Kowalski racing against the clock and himself on mission that becomes all too clear as the movie unfolds.

    Super Soul (Cleavon Little, Blazing Saddles) is a blind black disc-jockey who appoints himself Kowalski's spiritual co-pilot much to despise of law enforcement promotes Kowalski to an ever increasing audience who listen in and follow him on his journey with destiny. 30+ years later this is still a movie that will leave more than an impression of watch and forget as this is an example of a car chase film that has a story line you will not easily forget.

    Note previous comment re 'updated' 1997 version of Vanishing Point that re-edits the original 1971 movie footage to replace Cleavon Little (R.I.P 1939-1992) with Brett Priestly (Beverly Hills 90210) as Super Soul inserts into the story line a pregnant wife, mobile phones and a heavy metal soundtrack, enough said.
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  • Greatest cult flick ever.
    This is a great movie. Kowalski a car delivery driver needs to make it from Denver to California over the weekend. He even places a bet with a drug dealer for the cost of some speed that he can make it. While driving a hopped up 426 Hemi Challenger R/T he certainly has the muscle to make it. You'll learn a lot about our driver with flash back scenes of his past life as the story goes along. You'll even meet Super Soul, a blind, black DJ that tries to help our driver with his unique powers of esp, until he gets roughed up by some local racist cops. You'll have to get the video to see how it all unfolds. A must for any car guy. ...more info
  • Great Cult movie ..Remember "Petrocelli"
    Cult Classic ...this is a loners movie ..I think we have all had times in our lives when we felt like kowalski..thats what makes this movie so authentic...What ever happened to Barry Newman ..does anyone remember "Petrocelli" ..the TV series Barry newman played a Private Detective and he was Building his home Block by Block himself in the Nevada Desert?.....more info
  • great chases but thats it.
    If you are looking for a movie with chases than this is for you.Barry Newman drives a challenger from Denver to California in 15 hours....Or tries to anyway.Please beware of the PG version,stick with the R.I enjoyed this version better.Clevon Little is the blind DJ who warns him of danger.There is even a scene in here where AL SHARPTON would protest if it was released today.One thing I found troubling is everybody involved in here racing after him or challenging him to some road dual was wearing a helmet.I guess they ran out of stunt people....more info
  • Vanishing point: Old school movie fun!
    A good movie for its time. I knew the end before I watched it, so that took something away from it, but if you like classic car chase films that require a bit of intellect, you will enjoy this....more info
  • vanishing point
    good quality dvd ... cult classic

    if only dodge would finally come out with their promised new v6 challenger for fuel economy and nostalgia for us old guys....more info
  • Vanishing Point great action Movie
    This is one my favorite movies. I had it on VHS now on DVD. Non stop action start to finish,with a message....more info
  • the BLU RAY is the way to go go go on this one!
    I bought the DVD when it came out and then grabbed the BLU RAY recently....the BLU RAY looks much better and has many bonus features not on the DVD release. The 20 minute making of is really really fun and has Newman and the director and a couple of the stars (including the naked motorcycle gal!) as well as Chris Cornell (fanboy). Why this wasn't on the DVD I don't know but it certainly gives the nod to the BLu-ray as well as overall picture quality and other bonus features. The USA and UK options are on both DVD and BLu-Ray and the UK version is a bit longer..
    I saw this back in High School with The French Connection as a double bill and man...were those the days! Two of the greatest car chase movies back to back. It surprised me that Barry Newman didn't become a mega star after this but I guess it was a cult film and all my buddies and I loving it didn't mean much in the overall picture. Actors Cleavon Little and the legendary Dean Jagger also bring a gravitas to the film and are superbly cast. Certainly by today's Computer Generated special effects this might seem tame to young viewers but it holds a special place in the hearts of baby Boomers and beyond the car chases there is something of a bit of the 60's lingering in the atmosphere that elevates it above the norm....more info
  • Classic car chase from the past!
    This movie is one looong car chase. Starting just a few minutes from the opening credits, until he hits that ,"Vanishing Point", this man & his muscle car just won't stop. The police are gathering lots of men & firepower to end his joyride, and a lot of regular folks want to see him keep going. Sort of a ,"Stick it to the Man", cheering section on the sidelines. And this car has the horsepower to stick with it. In 1971 a V8 engine had lots of guts, and gas had lead for lots of octane. On this trip, Barry Newman burns plenty of it. Sure, there are other people in this movie, but I'll always think of a souped up Dodge Challenger as the star of this road trip....more info
  • Classic chase film, though a bit cheesy
    First of all, I want to say I really liked this film for what it was: a car chase film, show-casing domestic muscle cars, a shallow plot, and contemporary music. Its not a great movie when it comes to the storyline, but the action scenes are great, especially if you're a fan of muscle cars and rebellion. Anyways, the vehicle used in this movie, a 1970's Dodge Challenger, is a thunderous symbol of the power inherent in the American spirit of rebellion that hearkens back to the revolutionary war....more info
  • DVD - Vanishing Point
    Another of my favorite movies.Also purchased Bullitt & Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry,(guy/car movies)...more info
  • cult movie
    Good Picture Quality, Good Sound Quality, Excallent Remake On DVD of an old early 70's movie....more info
  • Drive like Hell and you'll get there !!!
    It's a pretty good flick, a little flat at times, you have to watch the whole thing to understand Kolslowski. Awesome driving and real stunts!!! and Caterpillers are tough....more info
  • Vanishing plot
    My friends and I went to see this when it first came out in 1971 we alwayse wondered why there was never a movie that was one big chase. Vanishing point demonstrated why. This movie is absent of plot, substance and acting. When we saw this in the theatre the only high speed chase was to see which audiance member could get out of the theatre first. My only hope is that at last big firey crash that the script was tied to the front bumper. I like Barry Neuman and I will one day forgive him for being in this movie.I hate to waste a whole star on this movies rating but they wont let me give it a half.
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  • A man waiting to die....
    I first heard of this movie as a slam-bam, chase flick. Little of substance, much mayhem.

    After avoiding it for many years, I finally took a look.

    As the climax ended, I found I was crying. It was so inevitable, yet by the time the car hits the barriers, you want him to stop, escape, live again. Kinda reminded me of Dead Man, as this guy is taking a journey before he dies. It is simple, revealing, heart-breaking. ...more info
  • Disappointed.
    The color and sound was alright but I was rather disappointed in the movie itself. It was a very short movie with no introduction starting with the movie and it was a race alright but the driver and car were a total disaster in the ending part of the movie. I would not class this movie as a 1st Class movie by a long ways. I guess I was expecting a much better auto race than was in the movie. Maybe others will enjoy it but I felt it was a waste of my money personnally!!!...more info
  • Its not the Sun its the SON!
    So many phenominal reviews, covering so rightly the deeply moving existential message, accidentally delivered by Newman, Sarafian and Alonzo. One thing everybody missed... is at the end, the light Kowalski's chasing is not the sun, but the Son... of God. This is, after everything else, a Gospel Film... about freedom, the REAL kind!...more info
  • Excellent movie whether you're a car guy or not!
    I rented Vanishing Point because I'm a car nut, and especially like the old muscle cars of the '60s and '70s like the 1970 Dodge Challenger that's driven in the film. The movie definately satisfies the car nut in me, with all of the chase scenes, but if you rent it just for that you're missing the whole point of the film. Vanishing Point is the story of an ex-cop, ex-Vietnam Vet named Kowalski. He's tasked with the job of delivering a 1970 Challenger from Denver to San Francisco. For fun, he makes a bet with his drug dealer that he can make the trip in only 15 hours. Along the way he is helped by a blind DJ named Super Soul who gives him advice over the radio for avoiding the cops. I found the movie to be very spiritual and symbolic. Kowalski seems like just a stoned-out, law breaking, speed freak, which he is, but the movie gives us a glimpse into how he became that way through a series of flashbacks into Kowalski's life. It seems like everytime Kowalski tried to do the right thing, it came back to haunt him. Along the way, he becomes sort of an anti-hero, fighting the establishment that has let him down. I won't give away the ending if you haven't seen the film, but I loved it. It's just the way this guy should have gone out! Get this movie! 4 Stars! ...more info
  • WOW
    This is not the movie I thought it was when ordering but I am far from disappointed. I have one of those you never know what's next kind of teens and she actaully watched this with me and more-so really liked it and has carted it around to watch with friends. She has seen it many times now and *gets* something different out of it all the time. I felt ripped off at the finish, maybe because i just wanted more, I really liked the character too and wanted better for him....oh Mom it is just a movie I am told. ...more info
  • Great car chase flick!
    I enjoyed this high octane trip down memory lane, not so much the sudden stop at the end. But you knew Kowalski would never surrender. ...more info
  • Nostaligic, plain and simple
    Good movie, nothing spectacular. Not sure why it rates quite as highly as it does overall, was decent and reasonably entertaining, nothing more....more info
  • Classic Car Lover's Movie
    If you love cars and movies with no real purpose this is a must see movie. Any diehard car fan will appreciate the thrill of watching a Dodge Challenger running across the western country side. The ending is a bit disappointing though.

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  • Great Car Chase
    well if there was a how to book or video on how to do a chase movie this classic would definetely be it :D

    loved it even before seing it on bluray loved it even more after the great visuals and sound

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  • a must for speed lovers
    having seen alot o the new speed movies i.e. fast and furrious, death proof ect. i decided to venture back into the vaults and WOAH! easily this is one of the great chase movies of all time....more info