Two-Lane Blacktop

Synopsis: The Driver and The Mechanic are two car freaks driving a 1955 Chevy throughout the southwestern U.S. looking for other cars to race. They are totally dedicated to The Car and converse with each other only when necessary. At a gas station, The Driver and The Mechanic, along with a girl who has ingratiated herself into their world, meet G.T.O., a middle-aged man who fabricates stories about his exploits. It is decided to have a race to Washington, D.C., where the winner will get the loser's car. Along the way, the race and the highway metaphorically depict the lives of these contestants as they struggle to their destination.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Monte Hellman
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

In Hollywood, 54 degrees.

# 93 KHJ #

#KCRC, San Bernardino #

Radio for California -

Keeping an eye out the window,

we have the showers -


That Plymouth had a hemi

with a torque flight.

I believe we sawed the guy off,

even if we did lose 200.

- What do you need?

- High-test.

- Want me to fill it up?

- Yup.

Where's the gas tank at?

- Chevy block?

- Yeah.

Sure looks like

an awful lot of work.


- 454.

- No sh*t?

- What kind of transmission?

- Four-speed.

- You build the headers?

- Yeah.

How fast will she run?

It depends on who's around.

Anything fast around here?

Got a Thames panel truck.

It's got a little bit

of transmission trouble right now though.

Probably blow our doors

right off, wouldn't it?

This is K-triple "A" radio, Kingman,

the alphabetical apex of Arizona -

#Mmm, oh, woman, oh, woman

oh, you treat me so mean #

# The meanest old woman

that I've ever seen #

#I guess if you say it's so #

#I got to pack my things and go #

# That's right, hit the road, Jack #

# Whoa, and don't you come back #

#No more, no more, no more, no more #

#Hit the road, Jack

and don't you come back no more #

- # Whoa, now #

- #Hit the road, Jack #

#And don't you come back

no more, no more, no more, no more #

#Hit the road, Jack

and don't you come back no more #

# Oh, yeah #

# Yeah ##

Ha ha hal

It's really bumpy back here.

What kind of car is this anyway?

You guys aren't the Zodiac killers

or anything like that, are you?

J ust passin' through.

L.P.'s truck was worse.

Wouldn't even be up in the morning

before he wanted to smoke up a joint.

Supposed to go to the Grand Canyon...

but he kept getting stoned

and pulling off to the side of the road.

- Say, which way are we going?

- East.

That's cool.

I've never been east.

She don't seem to be

breathin' right.

Might be the jets.

# Stealin', stealin' #

# Pretty mama

don't you tell on me #

# I'm stealing back

to my same old used-to-be ##

Don't you wanna race him?

Isn't that what you guys do?

I mean, didn't a car

just come up and challenge you?

It's too heavy

to do in a Porsche just for kicks.

We'd take him in the quarter mile,

but he'd probably lose us in long time.

How much bread we got?

We got 300 racing bread,

20 to spend.

# Whoo-hah #

Excuse me, sir.

Could you spare some change?

I need to catch a bus

for San Francisco.

Thank you very much. Excuse me, sir.

I'm trying to catch a bus back to San Francisco.

- I got sick and I -

- Good luck. Good luck to you.

And the greatest

selection of flared slacks and jeans.

- Excuse me, sir.

I'm trying to catch a bus

back to San Francisco.

I got sick, and I used up the allowance

my parents gave me, and I have to get back.

I need some money

to catch the bus.

Excuse me, sir.

I'm trying to catch the bus back

to San Francisco. Can you help me out?

- You need money?

- Can you spare any change?

- I - H-He can't?

- Well, I

I'm trying to catch the bus

back to San Francisco.

- You're gonna need a lot.

- You're welcome.

- Can you wait till Monday?

There's a '70 Camaro.

A '68 Barracuda.

Nothing there.

There's a Roadrunner

with a hemi in it.

'70 'Cuda.

They got some muscle here tonight.


Old '55.

Listen, all we gotta do is rope one.

#Surrender to the waking world #

- I think I spotted something.

It's a '32 Ford.

It's got a 427 in it.

And, uh, those are Carter carburetors.

Eleven inches of rubber on the rear.

#Moonlight drive #

#Let's swim to the moon #

#Let's climb through the tide #

- Clean machine.

It's clean enough.

Not bad for home-grown.

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Rudy Wurlitzer

Rudolph "Rudy" Wurlitzer (born January 3, 1937) is an American novelist and screenwriter.Wurlitzer's fiction includes Nog, Flats, Quake, Slow Fade, and Drop Edge of Yonder. He is also the author of the travel memoir, Hard Travel to Sacred Places, an account of his spiritual journey through Asia after the death of his wife Lynn Davis' 21-year-old son. more…

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