The Driver spins out of Los Angeles with The Mechanic after winning a late night drag race. The two young men head south east on the freeway, stopping only for food, gas or a delicate adjustment on their primer grey '55 Chevrolet. Outside of Flagstaff, they take time out for lunch at a diner. When they return to their car, there is a new passenger in the back - a girl with a tear stained face. No questions are asked: No explanation is offered. They move off. When they hit Santa Fe, they cruise up and down the streets, looking for an unsuspecting country boy to challenge their beaten up Sedan. They find him sooner than expected in a '32 Ford Roadster, follow him to the outskirts of town, race him and beat him. That night the girl shares a hotel room with The Mechanic, while The Driver prowls the bars.
Essential cult road movie
- Two-Lane Blacktop review by dl
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You rated this film: 4
Another Road movie that passed me by and even though i’m not really big on the car/race genre i still got a lot of enjoyment out of this, yes its another slice of 70’ Americana that drifts from character to character place to place but one that flows effortlessly and with such great ease, no backstory or names are given to these characters it’s not necessary, where there to feel the freedom and care-free attitude of this time taking in its barren roads/gas stations and diners and just going along with the ride.Performance wise it works really well by putting in first time actors from the music world James Taylor/Dennis Wilson and pitching them alongside the always watchable and excellent Warren Oates.Its a film thats well deserving of its cult status and one thats dated well thanks to its realistic performances/great visual look and in its chosen soundtrack of its era.8/10