Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point (1971)

In this film, amphetamine-popping Kowalski (Barry Newman) attempts to drive a race car from Denver to San Francisco in order to win a bet. As the police become informed of his crazy endeavor, Kowalski struggles to avoid the cops with the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
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Variety Staff

The action is almost entirely made up of one man driving a car at maximum speed from Denver to, hopefully, San Francisco.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

A movie about which I can think of almost nothing good to say.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Merged the appeal of Bullitt with that of, say, Zabriskie cars and dusty existentialism. [Blu-ray]

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Peter Kenis
Rolling Stone

In a time when vacant retreads such as The Fast and the Furious are the problem, Vanishing Point is the answer.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Takes full advantage of the subject's existential and mythical undertones without being pretentious, and you certainly get a run for your money, along with a lot of rock music.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

should be seen as a particularly charged variant of a now extinct genre: the artsy B-movie

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Time Out

The woodenness of both direction and Newman's performance becomes increasingly apparent.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

If you thought the car parts in Tarantino's Death Proof provided the only worthwhile section of Grindhouse, Vanishing Point is the real deal.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

A film all but overflowing with the revolting spirit of the oppressed. Bring the noise!

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
One of the most awesome and greatest films I ever saw! Fresh.
Chris Weber
it's supposed to be a 70s classic... ...and that popular opinion is not wrong. This road movie is essentially one long car chase that concerns a man… More
Adam Kelly
For a film whose entire premise is the fact that some driver on drugs has been given a bet to drive a car across a couple of US states it's surprisingly… More
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Alex roy
In the history of cinema there have been many standout car chase films. Some have been great and others lacked in real excitement. Vanishing Point is one of the… More
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<i>"This radio station was named Kowalski, in honour of the last American hero to whom speed means freedom of the soul. The question is not… More