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Big Driver (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 18 October 2014
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A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after a brutal attack.

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Mikael Salomon

Writers:

Stephen King (story), Richard Christian Matheson (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Bello ... Tess Thorne
Ann Dowd ... Ramona Norvell
Will Harris ... Lester
Joan Jett ... Betsy Neal
Olympia Dukakis ... Doreen
Jennifer Kydd Jennifer Kydd ... Patsy
Andre Myette Andre Myette ... Lester's Brother
Juanita Peters Juanita Peters ... Molly
Mary-Colin Chisholm ... Janine
Kim Parkhill Kim Parkhill ... Leslie
Deborah Allen Deborah Allen ... Doris
Tara Nicodemo ... Lady Cop
Roland Marko Simmonds Roland Marko Simmonds ... Cop
Mike Taylor Mike Taylor ... Limo Driver
Lee J. Campbell Lee J. Campbell ... Gun Store Owner
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Driving home along a generally unused country road following a speaking engagement, famed mystery novelist Tess Thorne experiences a flat tire on her car. She accepts the help of who she believes is a good Samaritan who stops to help her, but who instead rapes her, leaving her submerged in shallow water in a drainage pipe as dead. She found out that he actually orchestrated her getting the flat tire just moments before the rape. Alive, she, in shock, is able to make her way home, but she does not go to the hospital, dealing with her wounds herself, does not call the police, or tell any of her friends or acquaintances how she sustained her obvious injuries. Once the issue of what happened to her settles into herself, she decides to use her skills as an investigative writer to find out the reason behind what happened - if she was a random or targeted victim - and especially if the latter, how best to use that information to her advantage. Using her stories' grandmotherly heroine, Doreen... Written by Huggo

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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16:9 HD
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The second film Maria Bello played in a Stephen King adaptation, the first being Secret Window (2004). See more »

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Convenience Store Clerk: What if he has a girlfriend... a wife?
Tess Thorne: Guys like that don't have wives... not ones who stick around... there's only one woman in his life... and she's dead
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This is a Lifetime movie? Wow!
26 May 2016 | by the_bluesmanSee all my reviews

'Big Driver' is a dark and unexpectedly violent made-for-television adaption of horror master Stephen King's novella of the same name from his 2010 collection 'Full Dark, No Stars.' I haven't seen many Lifetime movies so far, but this one is probably one of the best ever. The movie is dark and graphic but it also includes some comedic elements at the right times. The movie clearly doesn't take itself too seriously, which is a good thing, especially since it's an adaption of of a novella by Stephen King, whose stories are known for their often not all too serious tone and quirky humor. In that regard its very fitting that rock queen Joan Jett has a small role in 'Big Driver.'

The movie has a great revenge story, an evocative setting, and an excellent cast led by Maria Bello ('A History of Violence') and including the fantastic Ann Dowd ('Compliance'). Also highlighted must be Will Harris' ('In Time') both charismatic and terrifying performance as the titular villain Lester 'Big Driver' Strehlke. I don't really remember seeing him in anything else besides 'In Time', but I guarantee that you won't forget him after seeing his performance as Big Driver. Good job! Director Mikael Salomon already directed another Stephen King adaption, namely 2004's two-part television movie 'Salem's Lot', which was a decent effort. Salomon is probably best known for directing the 1998 action movie 'Hard Rain,' which has received generally negative reviews, although I've always liked it. I see stylistic similarities between 'Hard Rain' and 'Big Driver'. Both movies feature good actors in an exceptional setting and both are pretty grim at times and witty at others.

'Big Driver' has the right combination of darkness and humor, which is a feature of every great Stephen King story. I'd say Salomon did a good job bringing King's novella to the screen. It's definitely one of the better Stephen King adaptions and one of the best ones made for the small screen.


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