Show Business: The Story of Oates

As he drives across the southern U.S. in a $6,500 souped-up orange Pontiac sports car, the character called "GTO ' picks up half a dozen strays. As each hitchhiker gets into the bucket seat beside him, GTO shrewdly sizes him up and, chameleonlike, takes on a completely new identity, one that he hopes will impress his listener. Spinning out fantasies about imaginary pasts, GTO becomes by turns a gambler, a television producer, a racer, a war hero. The role of GTO in the movie Two Lane Blacktop calls for virtuoso acting, and gets...

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