I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to actor-turned-director/writer Henry Jaglom’s 1976 drama Tracks. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 23, 1992 (read here). Contrary to Cox’s opinion, I neither adore nor admire Tracks as much as I respect it, albeit mildly. Compared to Jaglom’s other films as a director, Tracks comes off (at least for me) as his strongest one to date. As deeply flawed as it is, Tracks has three things going for it. The first comes from Dennis Hopper’s riveting central performance. The second comes from Jaglom’s inspired mixing of form (flashback structure) with content (PTSD among a Vietnam war veteran). Speaking of that last aspect, Tracks was one of the earliest American films to touch upon the subject of the Vietnam war and If nothing else, deserves a better reputation than it’s current status as an obscurity.
Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Tracks
Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer
4 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Tracks (1976)”
I missed this film at the time, John.Strange really, as I usually liked Hopper a lot.
Did you ever see this film? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075675/
I loved that one.
Best wishes, Pete.
I did see The American Friend Pete, as I am a huge fan of most of German director Wim Wenders 20th century work 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
After reading this entry I’ve now bumped Tracks to the top of my Moviedrome must-see list. It sounds like it ticks a lot of boxes for me!
At the very least, it is worth a look 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂