Monte Hellman, Cult Director of ‘Two-Lane Blacktop,’ Dies at 91
Monte Hellman, whose terse action films, epitomized by the 1971 road movie “Two-Lane Blacktop,” made him a cult hero of the American independent film movement, died on Tuesday in California. He was executive producer on Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs' amongst other things and seems to have tried to use the incomparable Warren Oates in every movie he ever made! He was 91.
I loved this movie and not least because it starred two musicians in James Taylor and Dennis Wilson. I saw it when it came out over here and rate amongst my top thirty greatest films and curiously for me I love the petrol head roles in it and it ranks alongs 'Duel' as one of my favourite road movies of all time (Easy Rider etc) I dreamed if ever I owned a car it would look like this . . . . . . .