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      Deadhead Miles

      R 1971 1 hr. 33 min. Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 78% 50+ Ratings Audience Score A trucker (Alan Arkin) and a tramp (Paul Benedict) meet earthy people while driving coast to coast to nowhere in a stolen rig. Read More Read Less

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      SICKS6SIX S after a day of Alan Arkin binge films, this is the only film I hadn't seen up to now, saving the Best to last comes to mind, what a great film, no start, no end and no plot just two guys driving around America in a truck doing what two guys doing that would do, eating, drinking, talking, laughing, crying, Co wrote, directed and produced by Vernon Zimmerman. with Terrence Malick also in the writing department, Cinematography Ralph Woolsey who does a great job if you like the big American horizons, sort of easy rider in a semi-truck, deadhead miles is a reference to hauling an empty trailor if returning to base or travelling to collect a load, it could also refer to someone called Miles who is emty of thought, the plot is, a guy steals a truck then picks up a hobo and they drive and talk stop for food, tell jokes and generally do nothing much, like real life, people usually don't do very much other eat, sleep, talk, laugh, cry, its a film that could have just gone on and on and I would have kept watching, was it moving wallpaper, I'm not sure it does say quite a lot of you let it, it is more than just a way of wasting an afternoon, the main feature of Saturday is not for everyone but definitely a must-see before you die film, they don't make them like this anymore, and they don't, experimental films seem to have faded away and everyone wants to be a Hollywood blockbuster, why I'm not sure as they are terrible in the most part, I rate this film a good 85+% easy. . . and it's free on YouTube now, Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/11/23 Full Review Audience Member 78% Instead of Harleys, they've an eighteen wheeler. Bit of a cult film, due to its nonexistent availablity. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting more for who passes through the film than the episodic rambling storyline. Alan Arkin turns in his usual accomplished performance, his is really the only character with any dimension although Paul Benedict is fine in a part vastly removed from his most famous role as Mr. Bentley on The Jeffersons. The rest of the time it's more a case of spot the up and coming or once famous star passing through than any kind of sensible story. It's a shame that the director had old pros Ida Lupino and George Raft at his disposal and wasted them in what is nothing more than a bit that could have been played by anyone. Not for viewers who enjoy a firm narrative line through their pictures. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I was so excited to finally see this forgotten lost classic on Netflix. It was never released theatrically or on home video. The last time I saw it until now was in the late 80's on A&E late night. It tells the story of an odd and possibly insane truck driver named Cooper who steals a semi cab and trailer from a family of thieves and takes to the open road unaware of where he is going or what he is hauling. Along the way he picks up a hitchhiker and the movie becomes a buddy road picture with alot of eccentric characters they meet along the way. I am a big Alan Arkin fan and have no doubt that he would have received an Oscar nomination had this film been released. Arkin perfected the perfectly quirky and strange 70's anti-hero. If you ever get a chance to see this film, don't miss it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roger Moore Movie Nation If Terrence Malick researched this trucking "script," my guess is that it began and ended with listening to country music radio in the "Phantom 309" "Six Days on the Road" era. Rated: 1.5/4 Nov 27, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A trucker (Alan Arkin) and a tramp (Paul Benedict) meet earthy people while driving coast to coast to nowhere in a stolen rig.
      Director
      Vernon Zimmerman
      Production Co
      Paramount
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English