Missing in Action: The Lost Version of Vanishing Point

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon


Much has been written on Richard C. Sarafian’s existential road movie Vanishing Point (1971), a shambling, glorious wreck of a film that nevertheless manages to achieve a certain sort of ragged splendor in its countercultural tale of loner driver Kowalski (Barry Newman), who takes on a nearly impossible drive from Denver to San Francisco to deliver a Dodge Challenger in less than 24 hours. Based on two true life stories, one of a San Diego police officer who was kicked off the force in disgrace, and another one of a man who died after a high-speed chase which led to his crashing into a police roadblock, Vanishing Point is pure twentieth-century high octane nihilism.


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© Wheeler Winston Dixon 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon
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  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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