An auspicious start for Spielberg. Terrific vehicle POV opening title sequence getting us out of LA.
OLD GUY: Jes' a little whiplash, is all!
Laundromat lady at first gas station, verge-of-paranoia voiceovers, problems at home defending your wife from sexually aggressive friends at dinner parties (and "my car's just not that powerful"; another sure sign of low-alpha status), low angle billiard shots, lizard-like wide angle eyeball close ups, zooms. Lynchian diner scenes. Car graveyard. Classic moody Jerry Goldsmith score.