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Two-Lane Blacktop (15)

12 September

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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With its gorgeous atmospheric widescreen compositions and subtle look at American male obsession, this breakout feature from maverick director Monte Hellman (who recently passed away) stands out as one of the most un-Hollywood films ever made by Hollywood. An existential road movie, it feels more European than American.

Drag racing east from Los Angeles in a souped-up 55 Chevy are the wayward Driver and Mechanic (singer-songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, in their only acting roles), accompanied by the Girl (Laurie Bird). Along the way, they come across Warren Oates, as old timer G.T.O. (named after the car he drives), who challenges the trio to a cross-country race. The prize: their cars’ ‘pink slips’.

Scripted by esteemed novelist Rudy Wurlitzer, this open road epic remains a timeless, existential portrait of lives in transit and of a country questioning its identity.


Presented by Cinema Rediscovered and Park Circus as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and MUBI.

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  • Director Monte Hellman
  • Cast James Taylor, Warren Oates, Dennis Wilson
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 1971
  • Running Time 1h43m
  • Certificate 15

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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