Aroview: Ambling across a relentless roadscape of diners and gas stations, young petrol-heads James Taylor (yes, the pop singer) and Dennis Wilson (yes, the Beach Boy) face a challenge to race middle-aged braggart Warren Oates.
Much less than EASY RIDER on four wheels, and yet much more, it takes a detour from incident to explore the desolate, hypnotic rhythms of the Trans-American highway, and as such is a signature cult film of the early seventies.
4 stars (Very Good) American road movie with a very European sense of alienation? Hellman must be the most personal, idiosyncratic US director. The only modern parallel I can think of for this film is 'Gerry' by Gus Van Sant.~HiFi
5 stars (Exceptional) James Taylor and Warren Oates race across 1970 America on Route 66. Hellman is famous for his portrayals of counter culture obsessives. This proto-slacker picture is a marvel of spare dialogue and not so subtle archetypes.~bikewrench