Impulse (1974) (part 3 of 7)

We abruptly cut to a shot of a guy lying in the street. He has a puddle of blood around his head, and a motorcycle tire and a Stars and Stripes helmet are nearby. On the other side of the road, Matt is sitting in his car, tapping his fingers nervously on the door frame. Just then, some white-coated paramedics come out with a stretcher, and I swear to God one of them is being played by a fat Elvis impersonator.

Impulse (1974) (part 3 of 7)

You bastards! You killed Evel Knievel!

They load the biker on the stretcher using what I hope is not standard medical practice. As they cover him with a sheet, a cop appears and tells Matt to move it along. In response, Matt starts his car [?]. In all honesty, I don’t have a clue what’s happening here. Did Matt happen upon this accident? Did he cause it? Why was he parked there? It hardly matters, because (and I’m sure this will come as a shock given the high quality of what we’ve seen so far) this little vignette will never be referenced again at any point in the movie. Still, we got to see some gratuitous blood and (presumably) a dead body, so I guess it wasn’t a total waste.

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Multi-Part Article: Impulse (1974)

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