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Vanishing Point (1997)

Viggo Mortensen , Christine Elise , Charles Robert Carner  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Christine Elise, Steve Railsback, Rodney A. Grant, Peter Murnik
  • Directors: Charles Robert Carner
  • Writers: Charles Robert Carner, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Malcolm Hart
  • Producers: Alan C. Blomquist, Bob Lemchen, Melanie Bell, Tarquin Gotch
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076ONUU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vanishing Point" on IMDb

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Viggo Mortensen stars as Jimmy Kowalski, a Desert Storm veteran with racing in his blood, dark secrets in his past, a pregnant wife at home, and a vintage 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger to deliver. But when his wife is suddenly hospitalized, a desperate Kowalski speeds cross-country with police from four states, a vengeful trooper [Steve Railsback of HELTER SKELTER and ED GEIN], and the FBI in hot pursuit. Now with the help of an outspoken radio DJ [Jason Priestley], the man a nation hails as ‘the last American hero’ and the Feds label a ‘possible terrorist’ rockets toward a final roadblock where the speed limit is the floorboard, and life, death and freedom all come together at the VANISHING POINT. Christine Elise [ER], Keith David [ARMAGEDDON] and Peta Wilson [LA FEMME NIKITA] co-star in this explosive Fox-TV remake of the legendary cult classic that fans call ‘the ultimate car chase movie’!

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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You really should see the original movie instead. April 3, 2005
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They totally took out the whole core of what made the original movie tick. Barry Newman's Kowalski is an anti-hero of the first order- an ex-hero-cop who left the force because of all the dirty doings going on. He pops pills to stay awake to make his car deliveries. And he gets to be an icon of "rebellion against the man", even though he had no intention of doing so. In this movie, Viggo Mortenson's a family man just making car deliveries. His wife is pregnant and almost due, but he wants to make one last big delivery- of a super white Challenger. Course his wife has complications, and he's in a race to get back home to the hospital. He attracts the attention of local law enforcement due to his wild driving and speeding, and for some reason they decide to make an example of him. At one point one of the officers says, 'why don't we just let him go home, see his wife, and pick him up in a week?'. The same thought runs through the viewers mind, oh, right after the law finds out WHY he's off and running! And WORSE, they give this movie a happy ending!

The only redeeming feature is the car shots- especially the supercar shoot-out between the Challenger and a Charger. Which is why I gave it two stars

But this remake has cut all the soul out of the original movie. In the first movie, there's a touch of mysticism (there's a scene where Kowalski drives past himself in a car he just delivered going in the oppostite direction). There's a feeling of hopelessness in Kowalski that explains the ending better. And nobody will ever consider the remake to be a cult classic like the original is.

Ladies will enjoy all the shots of Viggo in this movie, I'm sure. And if Kowalski had been played by Jessica Alba I probably would've been kinder in my review. But as it stands, it's a pale imitation of the original.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
how can you take the best drive-in movie ever made and turn out this WEAK AND POINTLESS remake that robs the story of all the best parts.maybe it was because they gave to much of his background or maybe it's because they give him a good reason for the chase(wife about to have a baby). in the original he starts the whole thing over a $10.00 bet and nothing more(that we know), so with some of the mystery gone most of the tension is gone also. really a miss step by all involved
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another One June 15, 2005
Yeah, you guessed it... Another movie that makes you wonder if the writers in the movie industry have the worst case of writers block known to man. It seems that at least seven out of ten movies that have come out in the last ten years are poor remakes of classic movies that should have been left alone. It's bad enough that they can't write anything original, but then they go and massacre good movies someone else made... The only things this movie has in common with the original Vanishing Point are the desert, the Dodge, and the chase scenes. And that makes it a spinoff of the original, not a remake of it. Viggo Mortonsen is an excellent actor, but this is a C grade movie at best. The even ruined the scene with the lady biker...
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this movie! February 23, 2005
By Jrobby
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I absolutely adore this movie, having caught it on late-late-late night television a while back. Fortunately, I had the foresight to tape it because I have watched it at least ten times since. I am so thrilled that they are finally releasing it on DVD! This Vanishing Point is a "remake" of the 1971 feature film by the same name. It stars Viggo Mortensen in the lead role and Jason Priestly as "the Voice". I have never seen the original Vanishing Point but I understand that quite a few plot points have been changed in this made-for-TV version. Viggo Mortensen plays (excellently, of course!) Kowalski, a former Army Ranger/race car driver living in Idaho with his pregnant wife. He takes a job transporting a (gorgeous) Dodge Challenger across the country to earn enough money to pay for his wife to have her baby in the hospital. Unfortunately, his wife falls ill and Kowalksi must race against time to be by her side. Of course, the police and federal government are hot on his heels. This movie was made shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing and its views on the government may be a little surprising for a post-9/11 viewing audience. Some of the best parts of Vanishing Point come from the interactions Kowalski has with the various people he meets along his way. Guys, who may be bored with all the close-ups of Viggo Mortensen in a white t-shirt and tight blue jeans, will be pleasantly surprised to see Peta Wilson (of La Femme Nikita fame) speeding around on a motorcycle in a bikini midway through the film. See - there is something for everyone. I would highly recommend Vanishing Point as a fun, sweet, poignant, and interesting movie. Bonus: the swearing is almost non-existent and there is only one scene with a couple (a married couple) in bed and even then they are both covered up. My eleven-year-old niece can enjoy this movie with me, which makes it even more special. Buy it!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars how could they July 26, 2005
stick with first one and not this movie which has one of worst cases of sunshine and lollipop endings ever
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst remake ever? October 23, 2013
I have always admired the original Vanishing Point, a film-long car chase and bastion of early 70s film ennui. After years of procrastination, I finally watched the 1997 remake. Please save yourself the aggravation and an hour and a half of your life and don't make the same mistake. (That mistake being the watching not the procrastination.)

This made-for-TV remake is cheap trash. It's also overly religious. The writer-director, Charles Robert Carner, is prominent in LA-based religious organizations such as Catholics in Media Associates and Holy Cross Family Ministries, and it shows. While the original film had its share of sixties hangover spiritual mysticism along with doobies and uppers, this remake is a stupid mess of over-the-top religious symbolism: crosses on the walls, crossing on the bodies, Kowalski's conversion, the plot markers--Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter. It has also been stripped of any offensive language and behavior. In place of the cult-awesomeness of the original is line after line of horrible writing, spoken horribly. I usually like Viggo a lot but he sleepwalks through this tripe. Keith David shows up for his paycheck, too, with an off-the-shelf government agent character. And Jason Priestley is no Cleavon Little. Very disappointing all the way around.

This more than deserves its place in the Top 10 movies that should never have been remade:
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 97 version better than 70's version to me
I liked this version better than the 70's version. Viggo Mortensen made Jimmy Kowaliski come to life and seem 3 dimensional. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Danny L. Shirley
TOP NOTCH FILM that will be enjoyed by all who view it. You will not be disappointed!
Published 13 days ago by Midcoast Vintage
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie
Published 22 days ago by bruce w jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 25 days ago by E. Spaletta
5.0 out of 5 stars watched it last weekend just as good the first time
watched it last weekend just as good the first time, but it"s still not as good as the original one with Barry Newman.
Published 26 days ago by Enrico F Consiglio
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Remake
Great remake of an awesome movie. Of course times changed and it doesn't carry the same sense of freedom but it worked for t.v.
Published 3 months ago by shawn smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great choice!!
In the end in the end I gave it to the masses. the seller is not responsible for that. I just have the crazist(sp) lust for Charger cars. It was/is the best copy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by klpcupid
5.0 out of 5 stars Peta Wilson?
Dang, could a girl get any hotter than Peta was in this movie? Oh, and Viggo looked good too ;)
Published 5 months ago by Liza Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars TV Remake
Vanishing Point, this version is a "Made for Television Remake". They did Good on remake. Basic story Guy has to get home due to an emergency, a lot of people can relate... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
Really enjoyed this movie, glad it finally got here. I have been waiting for this movie for a long time.
Published 6 months ago by Karen
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