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Hell Drivers (1957)

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Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss's rackets.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tom Yately
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Gino Rossi
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Lucy
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C. 'Red' Redman
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Cartley
Wilfrid Lawson ...
Ed
Sidney James ...
Dusty
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Jill
Alfie Bass ...
Tinker
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Scottie
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Jimmy Yately
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Wensley Pithey ...
Pop
George Murcell ...
Tub
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Ma West
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Storyline

Joe 'Tom' Yateley is an ex-convict. Trying to leave his past behind, he decides to start working for the Hawlett Trucking company, which transports gravel. It's an aggressive company, where speed is everything. Doing too few runs in a day? You're out. Red is the most experienced trucker; he can do 18 runs in a day. Tom soon makes friends with Lucy, the secretary, and Gino, a driver. But the record of Red intrigues him and he wants to break it. Gino advises against it, but he helps Tom when he wants to go through with it. Soon trouble begins when Red and the other drivers form a united front against Tom. Just when Tom has enough and decides to pack his bags, Lucy tells him Gino had a terrible accident. She also tells about the corruption of Hawlett Trucking. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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Roaring Down the World's Deadliest Roads!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

26 August 1957 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Drivers  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom says that he is from a place not far from Cardiff (Wales) called Blaen Llechau (which is a small village set on a mountain in South Wales). In actual fact Stanley Baker was from Ferndale which is the village that Blaen Llechau looks down on. See more »

Goofs

When Tom and Red are reversing for position at the quarry to fill up with gravel, both their lorries have the same registration numbers. See more »

Quotes

Lucy, Hawlett Trucking Secretary: I heard what they're saying. Is it true?
Tom Yately: Yes, it's true. I wasn't framed, and nobody talked me into anything. And the judge didn't give me a raw deal. Happy?
Lucy, Hawlett Trucking Secretary: You still have an invitation to eat at my place.
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A working class hero is Stanley B.
24 October 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The spirit of 30s Warner Brothers movies lives in this tough, intense thriller about men doing an impossible job-- driving gravel trucks at breakneck speed. (Like the mail service in Only Angels Have Wings, this company loses way too

many men and trucks to make economic sense, but it's great as a movie

pressure cooker for character.) Baker, a largely forgotten star who was the first real working class hero in British films and the precursor to Michael Caine et al. (which, to extend the Warner Bros. analogy, sort of makes him to British cinema what John Garfield was as the first real ethnic American star), is brooding and Eastwood-silent as a new trucker with a past, while a highly interesting cast of character actors includes not only three future movie/TV spy stars, as other

reviewers have noted, but a bunch of ace Carry On-type comedians (Sid James,

Wilfred Lawson, and Alfie Bass), Gun Crazy star Peggy Cummins, the future

Mrs. Charles Bronson (Jill Ireland) and even a Dr. Who (William Hartnell).

Writer-director Endfield, an American blacklistee whose most famous film (and Baker's) would be Zulu ten years later, clearly drew some inspiration from the international art house hit The Wages of Fear, but this movie wisely doesn't seek existential meanings and keeps its B movie soul pure-- and hardboiled.


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