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Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Sylvia Townsend


In meticulous detail, the book describes the filming, release, and influence of the 1971 film Two-Lane Blacktop. In 1970 the urbane producer Michael Laughlin asked the hippy filmmaker Monte Hellman to direct a script called Two-Lane Blacktop. The cult author Rudy Wurlitzer rewrote the script, the story of two scruffy hot rodders who pick up a girl hitchhiker and race their classic ’55 Chevy against a rich guy’s “factory –made hot rod,” a ’70 GTO Judge. In three of the four lead roles Hellman cast nonactors – the rock stars James Taylor and Dennis Wilson, and the director’s girlfriend, Laurie B ... More

Keywords: Two-Lane Blacktop, Monte Hellman, Rudy Wurlitzer, James Taylor, Dennis Wilson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781496804143
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sylvia Townsend, author