Vanishing Point is a 1971 American action road film directed by Richard C. Sarafian and starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, and Dean Jagger.


Vietnam War hero Kowalski (Barry Newman) has become a pill-addicted driver for hire. Transporting a car from Colorado to California, he enlivens the journey by making a wager with his drug dealer: If the trip takes under 15 hours, Kowalski's latest amphetamine purchase is free. But Kowalski's recklessness on the road results in a much-publicized police chase. Radio jock Super Soul (Cleavon Little) covers the pursuit and turns Kowalski, who refuses to pull over, into a martyr for freedom.


  • Barry Newman as Kowalski
  • Cleavon Little as Super Soul
  • Dean Jagger as Prospector
  • Victoria Medlin as Vera Thornton
  • Karl Swenson as Sandy McKees
  • Lee Weaver as Jake
  • John Amos as Super Soul's engineer
  • Tom Reese as Sheriff
  • Paul Koslo as Charlie
  • Robert Donner as Collins
  • Owen Bush as Communications officer
  • Bill Drake as KLZ-FM reporter