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Truck Turner (1974)

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Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player who becomes a bounty hunter in Los Angeles.

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Jonathan Kaplan

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Oscar Williams (screenplay), Michael Allin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isaac Hayes ... Mac 'Truck' Turner
Yaphet Kotto ... Harvard Blue
Alan Weeks Alan Weeks ... Jerry
Annazette Chase ... Annie
Nichelle Nichols ... Dorinda
Sam Laws ... Nate Dinwiddie
Paul Harris ... Richard Leroy 'Gator' Johnson
Charles Cyphers ... Drunk
John Kramer John Kramer ... Desmond
Scatman Crothers ... Duke
Dick Miller ... Fogarty
Jac Emel Jac Emel ... Reno (as Jac Emeil)
Stan Shaw ... Fontana
Wendell Tucker Wendell Tucker ... Wendell
Sonny Barnes Sonny Barnes ... Toro (as Clarence Barnes)
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Storyline

Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him, a chase ensues and Gator is killed. This makes Gator's woman, Dorinda, very angry and she puts a hit on Truck. The man who agrees to kill Truck is named Blue. The question is whether Truck can survive with Blue and his gang on his trail. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Taglines:

Black, bold and bloody mean! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1975 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Truck See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,230,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Miller wore his own pink jacket. See more »

Goofs

When the camera is attached to Yaphet Kotto as he staggers around near the end of the movie the harness/rods attached to his shoulders are visible just at the base of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[At Gator's hideout, the phone is ringing as Gator loads bullets into his gun]
Topless Blonde: Gator, aren't you gonna answer it?
Richard Leroy 'Gator' Johnson: [yells] That's your job. Pick up that goddamn telephone, you dumb bitch!
Topless Blonde: [answers the phone] Hello?
[to Gator]
Topless Blonde: I think it's for you.
Richard Leroy 'Gator' Johnson: For me? How the hell could it be for me?
[snatches the receiver]
Richard Leroy 'Gator' Johnson: Jive-ass broad. Speak! Hey man, what the hell you doing calling me here? You know better than to call me here!
Druggist: [inside the phone booth with Truck] Sorry, man. But... I've got some dynamite ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The original cut ended when Truck and Annie happily embraced in the car with her new kitten, but the theatrical version ended with a montage of the city and them driving down the freeway over the credits. Jonathan Kaplan admitted he hated what AIP did to the ending, but had no choice but to accept it. See more »

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Enjoyable and effective when viewed as a genre film
14 February 2010 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Truck Turner and his partner Jerry are bounty hunters for bail bonds men. Turner has a reputation for being an intimidating and confident force and can command top dollar for the jobs nobody else is willing to take. When the job of retrieving pimp Gator Johnson turns sour, Tuner has to kill Gator and invokes the ire of his girl Dorinda. While Dorinda tries to hold her stable of girls together in a male dominated industry, she offers up a significant business share in her girls to the man who is able to kill Turner for her revenge.

I have taken recently to watching some Blaxploitation films mostly because I find the genre to be agreeably trashy and in a way the weaknesses can be accepted and almost enjoyed as part of the experience that you have come for. Trashily made, violent, tough black male leads, gorgeous females with lots of sass, funky soundtrack, solid action and unintentional laughs – all of these things sort of come with the territory. Truck Turner actually stands out as one of the more enjoyable of the genre, while still very much being a genre film with all the staples in place. The film is built on the usual sense of tough cool in the packaging and in the lead character and the plot pretty much does what you expect as a revenge plot provides plenty of gun battles and bright red blood squibs going off – none of it particularly thrilling but none of it dull either.

Where it actually benefits is in the casting. Hayes is not the best actor of course but he does have a lazy cool charm about him and he leads the film well. He is totally out-acted though by Nichelle Nichols who is not only sexy but is convincingly full of murderous rage – as others have said, it is a world away from her character on Star Trek but she really dominates the screen here with a marvellously over the top and driven house-mother harpie. Kotto is not quite as good but he is a very good presence and deserved to be used a bit better than he was. That said he still rocks most of his scenes and is rewarded with a memorable final scene. Weeks is funny, Chase is cute and beyond that everyone is par for the genre course, with plenty of bad hair and overacting in the men and lots of flesh in the women.

Truck Turner is still a genre film of course and it needs to be met on those terms but it does stand out as a good example of the genre – tough, cool, good performances, lots of pimp etc stereotypes and plenty of silly gun action. Far from being a great film, it is still a very good genre piece.


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