Car movie of the day: ‘Vanishing Point’

This movie is just one long car chase

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A lot of car movies feature some sort of chase scene, but the 1971 film Vanishing Point is just one long car chase.

And that’s just fine.

The entire film focuses on Kowalski (played by Barry Newman), a car delivery driver known for his speed. He is charged with delivering a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum from Denver to San Francisco in 48 hours.

Vanishing Point features an awesome 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum. | 20th Century Fox

Vanishing Point features an awesome 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum. | 20th Century Fox

On the way, he becomes notorious thanks to a Nevada DJ. Kowalski has more and more run-ins with police – and the unfortunate driver of a Jaguar E-type roadster – and the DJ, tuned in to the police radio, starts broadcasting Kowalski’s exploits to the nation.

By the end, California law enforcement is dead set on not allowing Kowalski to finish his run, which, without giving the ending away, will be his last.

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  • ROBERT MEINHOLD
    December 16, 2018, 10:23 AM

    I SAW THE MOVIE WHEN I WAS A TEEN AGER… THE TRAGICAL END MAKES ME THING… TODAY I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT. DO YOU????

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