Vanishing Point

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Main Details

  • Released in 1971 | Color
  • Running Time: 98 min | Spain:87 min (TV version) | UK:106 min (UK version)
  • Production Co: Cupid Productions | Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • Distribution Co: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (1971) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Richard C. Sarafian
  • Written by Guillermo Cain, Malcolm Hart, Barry Hall
  • Starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Robert Donner, Paul Koslo and Dean Jagger.
  • Produced by Michael Pearson, Norman Spencer
  • Cinematography by John A. Alonzo
  • Film Editing by Stefan Arnsten


  • It's the maximum trip... at maximum speed.
  • Tighten your seat belt. You never had a trip like this before.
  • Watch carefully because everything happens fast. The chase. The desert. The shack. The girl. The roadblock. The end.


The screenplay for Vanishing Point was written by G. Cabrera Infante, under the pseudonym Guillermo Cain. The story was based on two actual events: the disgraced career of a San Diego police officer and a high-speed pursuit of a man who refused to stop and was killed when he crashed into a police roadblock. Infante modeled the character of Super Soul after legendary rock and roll singer The Big Bopper. His script reflected the popular counterculture lifestyle of the time, containing elements of rebellion, drugs, sexual freedom, and rock and roll. In 1969, director Richard C. Sarafian turned down an offer to make Robert Redford's Downhill Racer in order to direct Vanishing Point. He was drawn to the counterculture themes in Cain's script. (Wikipedia)

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