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A highway runs through a desolate dessert town. Two heavy earth movers are rumbling down opposite sides of the highway. Random cop cars are travelling down the road. The locals watch the goings on, wondering what’s up. The earth movers eventually move onto the road and make a blockade. More cop cars show up plus a news van and a helicopter. The helicopter takes off to find the suspect. The suspect is speeding down the highway towards the roadblock in a White Challenger. He sees the blockade, pulls a uturn and heads back the opposite way but finds a group of cop cars coming towards him. He assesses the situation. He turns off the road and heads into the dessert.
We pick up the story two days earlier when Kowalski is taking a hot Challenger up to San Francisco from Denver. He makes a bet that he’ll have it there 3 o’clock the next day.
There was the set up and CB was along for the ride with Kowalski. The whole thing was right up my alley at the time. Basically a fantasy for a young CB. Director Richard C. Sarafian puts some memorables scenes together between the car stuff. John A. Alonzo’s cameras catch the heat and the look of the desert. Supporting actors are good. All the cops seem like genuine, well cops. Cleavon Little as the DJ adds something. Dean Jagger as a rattlesnake catcher drops a good performance. Barry Newman in the lead role does a good job. Keeps it real and subtle. You believe this guy. Oh yeah, It has a pretty good soundtrack for the times.
It was one of those movies that CB would catch the matinee and sit through a couple more showings. Up there for the record for most viewings at a movie house for me. Vanishing Point was a film that stuck with me for a long time. Flawed, dated but still enough for CB to like.
So hop in the Challenger with Kowalski, pop a few bennys (maybe not, just guzzle some gas station coffee) and hit the road. Watch the trailer I think you’ll get the idea.
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