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Hell Drivers (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 August 1957 (Sweden)
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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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
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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
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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 August 1957 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Drivers  »

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Trivia

Hawletts' Yard, contrary to some reports on the internet, was actually built on the Pinewood Studios back lot, just to the north of 'H' Stage. This is approximately where the massive '007' Stage stands today. See more »

Goofs

When Red and his boss get into truck number 3, it has no number plate. When they arrive at the quarry road turning to park, the truck now wears a number plate. See more »

Quotes

Lucy, Hawlett Trucking Secretary: You know, you've got a nasty habit...
Tom Yately: Yes, I've got lots of them. Which one are you talking about?
Lucy, Hawlett Trucking Secretary: I could like you, if only...
Tom Yately: Look, nobody's asking you to like me. You're Gino's girl.
Lucy, Hawlett Trucking Secretary: Ever thought of asking me that?
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References The Wages of Fear (1953) See more »

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Trucking Hell
24 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

The trucking crew reads like a who's who of male British-based acting talent. Baker, Connery, Sid James (who was a superb straight actor), Lom, Gordon Jackson, etc, under the foremanship of Patrick McGoohan. Back home minding the shop we have David McCallum and in the office, ripping them all off is William Hartnell.

I love the road scenes be they shot at normal speed or otherwise. The language had to be toned down for censorship reasons, otherwise you would find McGoohan calling Baker something a little stronger than yellow belly.

With a cast like that you would expect to see some great performances; and you do. But since Patrick McGoohan has the best role, he stands head and shoulders above the rest as the mad Irishman who swigs Guiness at the wheel, and who can lose a fight and still have his cigarette sticking out of his mouth.

I love this film.


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