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Hell Drivers (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 July 1957 (UK)
Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss's rackets.

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(as C. Raker Endfield)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as C. Raker Endfield) | 2 more credits »
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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
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Ed
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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
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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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26 July 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Drivers  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Six of the actors who play supporting roles in the film became well known in the 1960s for their roles in film and television: Sean Connery (Dr. No (1962) and five of its sequels), Patrick McGoohan (Danger Man (1960), Secret Agent (1964) and The Prisoner (1967)), William Hartnell (Doctor Who (1963)), David McCallum (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)), Sidney James (the "Carry On" films) and Herbert Lom (A Shot in the Dark (1964) and its sequels). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film during the final chase, Tom's loaded truck is headed through the shortcut in the same direction that the drivers have taken to pick up a load (when the trucks are empty). He's going the wrong way. See more »

Quotes

[Ed is encouraging Tom to drive faster and faster along a single-track road]
Ed, Hawlett Mechanic: Don't ease up.
Tom Yately: Supposing we meet something.
Ed, Hawlett Mechanic: Supposing we don't. Look on the bright side.
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Referenced in Mad Max (1979) See more »

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Truck drivers spit gravel
16 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

A tautly directed and tight lipped B movie done in American 50's crime genre style. This was one British film that had actors playing tough guys properly instead of the usual feeble and artificial methods of acting tough that let down scores of British films of that time. In particular the fist fight scene looked convincing and dramatic for a change. All this was very refreshing for its time. A very watchable Patrick Mcgoohan excelled in the role as the main antagonist playing a believable hard b'stard. I wish he had done subsequent roles as a leading heavy he would have been good at that. A strong cast all round. The dour realism of working class England was captured well. The crazy driving was not too far from the truth either. During the Fifties there was a massive rebuilding programme going on following the war and the blitz and you would see these ballast lorries scurrying around everywhere breaking speed limits where they could. Many looked in a bad state of maintenance. For truck geeks they were Dodge Semi Forwards with mostly Perkins diesel engines.


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