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Vanishing Point Details


Richard Sarafian directed this minimalist chase film, starring Barry Newman as ex-marine, ex-race car driver and cop named Kowalski. He drives into Denver to deliver a car and pick up another vehicle to drive to San Francisco. To make the fifteen-hour drive to San Francisco bearable he pops a load of pep pills and drives off. Almost immediately, he is told to pull over by the police, but Kowalski refuses to stop. Ignoring the cops, a police chase ensues. Egging Kowalski on is a blind black disc jockey, Super Soul ([[Performer~P42706~Cleavon Little~cleavonlittle]]), who announces his comings and goings on his local radio show, praising Kowalski to the skies as "the last American to whom speed means freedom of the soul." Super Soul's hype makes Kowalski a media sensation and Kowalski fans mount up -- as do the police cars chasing him -- as he races against time to deliver both the car and himself to his San Francisco destination. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Barry Newman
as Kowalski
Cleavon Little
as Super Soul
Dean Jagger
as Prospector
Victoria Medlin
as Vera
Paul Koslo
as Young Cop
Charlotte Rampling
as Hitchhiker (UK version)
Robert Donner
as Older Cop
Timothy Scott
as Angel
Gilda Texter
as Nude Rider
Anthony James
as First male hitchhiker
Lee Weaver
as Jake
Cherie Foster
as 1st Girl
Rita Coolidge
as Singer
Severn Darden
as J. Hovah
Tom Reese
as Sheriff
Valerie Kairys
as Girls
John Amos
as Super Soul's radio engineer
Karl Swenson
as Clerk At Delivery Agency
Arthur Malet
as Second male hitchhiker
Owen Bush
as Communications Officer


Richard Sarafian
Norman Spencer
Michael Pearson
Malcolm Hart
Screen Story
Guillermo Cain
John A. Alonzo
Pete Carpenter
Composer (Music Score)
Jimmy Bowen
Composer (Music Score)
Stefan Arnsten
Michael Pearson
Executive Producer
Jerry Wunderlich
Set Designer
Richard Glassman
First Assistant Director
Jimmy Bowen
Louie Elias
Louie Elias
Del Acevedo