Bruce Springsteen’s Favorite Action Movie

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Bruce Springsteen came to the fore in the rock scene with his backing band, E Street Band, with which he has released most of his albums. He has been considered one of the pioneers of the heartland rock genre, which combines mainstream rock with narrative songs reflecting the American working class life. His poetic lyrics about social issues and energetic live performances have attracted the audience’s attention. However, the Boss expanded the boundaries of his music career with a film he co-directed.

He cooperated with his longtime collaborator Thom Zimny for the film entitled Western Stars.’ This movie featured Springsteen and his backing band’s live performance of the nineteenth studio album ‘Western Stars.’ The rocker premiered his film at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2019. Besides being the co-director of a music movie reflecting his career, Bruce Springsteen also has some favorite action movies as an audience member.

The 1971 Movie ‘Vanishing Point’ Was Bruce Springsteen’s Favorite Action Movie

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‘Vanishing Point’ is an American action and crime movie directed by Richard C. Sarafian and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The cast included Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, and Dean Jagger. Newman played the main character, Vietnam War hero Kowalski, who became a drug-addicted delivery driver. The movie starts with Kowalski getting ready for his next assignment to deliver a white 1970 Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco by Monday.

Before leaving Denver, he makes a deal with his drug dealer, and the action begins. Kowalski wagers the dealer that his latest purchase will be free if he can complete the trip by 3:00 pm on Sunday, a day before the delivery is due. Throughout the movie, the main character finds himself in a police chase due to his reckless driving and refusal to pull the car over.

In a previous appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Bruce Springsteen revealed ‘Vanishing Point’ as his favorite action movie. According to him, the film is severely underrated, and he noted that he was almost sure that not many people on the show that night had watched it.

Bruce Springsteen said the following when asked about his favorite action movie:

“Well, I actually love the picture that no one is going to know called ‘Vanishing Point.’ That is the movie, and I can’t believe these many people have seen it in this room.”

‘Vanishing Point’ did not receive generally positive reviews from critics. Barry Newman pointed out that Fox did not have faith in the film and released it only in neighborhood theaters which made the movie disappear after a short time. When it was re-released on a double bill with ‘The French Connection,’ it achieved commercial success in the UK and Europe. Later, the movie became a cult following its broadcast on network television in 1976.

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