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Vanishing Point

Released 1971
Distributor 20th Century Fox

Dodge Challenger sales spiked when this existential road trip hit the screen in 1971. Symbolism abounds but there’s a gonzo rebel tone that makes this car chase extravaganza one of the cooler pix of the era, and one that defines the term Cult Classic. Charlotte Rampling’s cameo as an Angel of Death was cut before release but exists in the British version, an extra on the dvd.

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About George Hickenlooper

Writer-director George Hickenlooper‘s feature film credits include Factory Girl, about Andy Warhol and his muse, Edie Sedgwick; the internationally acclaimed documentary, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, the psycho-sexual drama The Man from Elysian FieldsThe Big Brass Ring, a political thriller adapted from an Orson Welles screenplay, and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse for which George received a directing Emmy.  His interest in movies and filmmaking began in childhood – stemming in part from his Great Uncle’s (conductor Leopold Stokowski) involvement with Disney’s Fantasia. On October 30, 2010, George died suddenly in Colorado while prepping for the Denver Film Fest premiere of his last film, Casino Jack. All of us connected to this site will always treasure our relationship with George, a true cinema buff who revered film history enough to join us here at Trailers from Hell.

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