5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I bought this as a gift for my husband. It was exactly as it was described on the web site.
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3.0 out of 5 stars classic road picture
I was one of the many extras in two lane blacktop, so for me, it was a great piece of nostalgia. Ok, the acting left a lot to be desired, except for character actor Warren Oates. He was a hoot. But as far as the car flix genere goes, Two lane rates up there with the best. A must see for car buffs and hot rod fans
Published on Jan 8 2002
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie,
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This review is from: Two-Lane Blacktop (DVD)I bought this as a gift for my husband. It was exactly as it was described on the web site.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The essential road movie!!! A seventies classic!!!,
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4.0 out of 5 stars two lane blacktop revisited,
This review is from: Two-Lane Blacktop (DVD)this re make is done very well, the picture quality is very good. the sound is ,understandably not much better than the original, as it was shot quickly, and
the lead actors mumbling would be difficult to improve upon, . This really is about the cars and the era of aimless wandering and teenage hitchikers, so
viewed in that light it's very enjoyable, as is the added background material.
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow, But Captivating,
"Two-Lane Blacktop" makes me think of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."
The acting of the two leads is stale, but their good looks make up for it. You could almost feel the Girl's wanderlust; her character is admirable for rejecting convention in search of a larger life. G.T.O. is obviously in need of pyschiatric help, but the hitchhikers he picks up are fascinating. (It's a bonus that Harry Dean Stanton is one of them.)
See "Two-Lane Blacktop" if you just want to peacefully zone out for a couple of hours.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Increadable insperasional movie,
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature on film!,
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The first subplot is the contrast of the genuine versus the wannabe, as revealed in the cars and their owners. There has always been a street-race rivalry between the the home-built hotrod and the checkbook-aquired factory musclecar (fellow gearheads will nod knowingly). This contrast extends to The Driver, who is earthy and real, and GTO, who is always playing a role. At first, GTO tries to stand toe-to-toe with The Driver, but he is eventually subjugated by the horsepower of the '55 and the mechanical know-how of Driver and Mechanic.
The second and more interesting subplot is the tension within The Driver, who feels more comfortable with machines than with people (perhaps machines are easier to control). Believe me, this type of personality exists - confirm with any gearhead or IT professional. His machine zen is interrupted by the hitchhiker, to whom he opens himself up (barely). The hicthhiker eventually leaves, and at the end of the movie he slides shut the window of the '55 Chevy, symbolically shutting out human emotion/interaction and returning to his mechanical world.
Watch this movie looking for these subplots, and you may have a whole new viewing experience.
5.0 out of 5 stars best collector dvd offer ever,
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The movie is great also where else can you see a super 55 chevy with a 454 under the hood. This movie is a classic in my book I would have given it 6 stars if I could have. This is the first and only movie james taylor was in. You better get your dvd copy soon it's limited to a run of 15,000 copies only.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Lane Blacktop - the best car movie ever,
5.0 out of 5 stars A PURE MOVIE,
This review is from: Two Lane Blacktop (VHS Tape)This movie is not for the person who needs every bit of the movie explained in dialogue, but for the viewer who appreciates art and honesty. This isn't a action packed Vin Diesel type movie (all though a lot better). All though most people will not enjoy this movie, for those who do they will watch it over and over again and It will become one of your favorites.
This movie doesnt really have a plot It just tells about the nomadic life of a couple young drag racers and their 55 Chevy.
TWO LANE BLACKTOP
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Road to Nowhere,
There is a race in "Two-Lane Blacktop," though it seems to end almost before it begins. There are extraordinary muscle cars as well, including a souped up '55 Chevy contrasted with a new Pontiac GTO. But Two-Lane Blacktop is a character study, even though the characters are not people we would particularly like to know.
The three main characters, haunted lost souls void of identity and emotion, are played by James Taylor, Dennis Wilson and Warren Oates. Taylor and Wilson silently cruise the backroads of America looking for the next race in their 55' Chevy. They eventually meet Oates, a chattering, nervous man involved in some kind of middle-age crisis while picking up hitchikers in his GTO. These men decide to race cross country, but eventually lose interest.
Throw into this uneasy mix a young hitchiker played by Laurie Bird. She jumps back and forth between these three men, holding off their awkward advances, eventually realizing their emotionless lives are headed down an endless highway without destination.
"Two-Lane Blacktop" is a morose study of men perpetually lost on the backroads of a nameless American landscape. They are hovering ghosts, void of identity, forever searching for a meaning which cannot be found. There are no easy truths or answers in Hellman's complex odyssey. These men are trapped, their cars serving as rolling coffins, redemption seemingly around the next bend, inexorably moving further and further away.
The time period of the early 1970s and the scratchy period music moaning from the AM radio, combined with the faceless gas stations and roadside diners of numerous small towns, all contribute to the overall effect of Hellman's dark character study. "Two-Lane Blacktop" is one of the finest American films no one has ever heard of.
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