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Truck Turner -- Issac Hayes, bald, black and bad, stars as a modern day bounty hunter who works for a Bail Bondsman.  Hayes and his partner are approached by a white bondsman who begs them to trace a strong-arm pimp who has skipped bail.  In the hunt and chase the pimp is killed, but his girlfriend takes out a contract on Hayes with a local mobster.
Truck Turner -- Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him...

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Director:
Writers:
Oscar Williams (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
17 February 1975 (Denmark) See more »
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Black, bold and bloody mean!
Plot:
Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bloody good fun, ticking all the blaxploitation boxes See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Isaac Hayes ... Mac 'Truck' Turner

Yaphet Kotto ... Harvard Blue
Alan Weeks ... Jerry
Annazette Chase ... Annie

Nichelle Nichols ... Dorinda
Sam Laws ... Nate Dinwiddie
Paul Harris ... Richard Leroy 'Gator' Johnson

Charles Cyphers ... Drunk
John Kramer ... Desmond

Scatman Crothers ... Duke

Dick Miller ... Fogarty
Bob Harris ... Snow
Jac Emil ... Reno (as Jac Emeil)

Stan Shaw ... Fontana
Wendell Tucker ... Wendell
Sonny Barnes ... Toro (as Clarence Barnes)
Don Watters ... Val
Eddie Smith ... Druggist
Esther Sutherland ... Black Momma
Earl Maynard ... Panama
Henry Kingi ... Candy Man
Lawrence Gabriel Jr. ... Travis (as Larry Gabriel)
James Millhollin ... Judge Advocate (as Jim Millhollin)
Jon Jacobs ... Dave
Douglas Anderson ... Charlie
Don Megowan ... Garrity
Richard Selzer ... Wino (as Richard Blackwell)
Ruth Warshawsky ... Saleslady (as Ruth Warshawski)
Cheryl Sampson ... Taffy
Edna Richardson ... Frenchie
Dernadette Gladden ... Raquel
Tara Strohmeier ... Turnpike
Lisa Farringer ... Annette
Sharon Madigan ... Nurse

Mel Novak ... Doctor
Donnie Williams ... Highway Dept. Man
Randy Gray ... Kid In Hospital
Annik Borel ... Stalingrad
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Jail Guard (as Stymie Beard)
Rhavan Briggs ... Felice
Johnny Ray McGhee ... Hired Killer (as Johnnie Ray McGhee)
Clarence Lockett ... Preacher

John Evans ... Police Lieutenant
John Dennis ... Desmond's Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Earl Jolly Brown ... Overweight Bar Patron (uncredited)

Jonathan Kaplan ... Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Kaplan 
 
Writing credits
Oscar Williams (screenplay) and
Michael Allin (screenplay)

Jerry Wilkes (story)

Leigh Chapman  uncredited

Produced by
Paul M. Heller .... producer (as Paul Heller)
Marty Hornstein .... associate producer
Fred Weintraub .... producer
 
Original Music by
Isaac Hayes 
 
Cinematography by
Charles F. Wheeler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
 
Casting by
John Kramer 
 
Costume Design by
Palmer Brown 
Ann McCarthy 
 
Makeup Department
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (as Marvin Westmore)
 
Production Management
Marty Hornstein .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Brand .... second assistant director (as Tony Brand)
Marty Hornstein .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Russell Goble .... property master (as Russ Goble)
William Sandell .... special construction
Michael Dunn .... additional props (uncredited)
Peter Waddington .... construction coordinator assistant (uncredited)
John Zemansky .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects
C. Darin Knight .... sound (as Darin Knight)
Ron Cooper .... boom operator (uncredited)
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gene Grigg .... special effects
 
Stunts
Eddie Smith .... stunt coordinator
Nate Long .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Luske .... first assistant camera
Chuck Record .... key grip
Don Stott .... gaffer (as Don Stout)
Ron Vargas .... camera operator
Bruce Knox Parker .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynette Bernay .... wardrobe (as Lynn Berney)
 
Editorial Department
Edward Knize .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Johnny Allen .... orchestrator
The Isaac Hayes Movement .... music performer
The Isaac Hayes Movement .... rhythm
Lester Snell .... musical supervisor
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited .... backup vocals
Dan Wallin .... music mixer
Charles 'Skip' Pitts .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Buster Kohloff .... transportation (as Buster Kohlhoff)
Tim Roslan .... driver (uncredited)
Greg Van Dyke .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nate Long .... dialogue director
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Gaylene Sagona .... production secretary
Jeff Schechtman .... assistant to producers (as Jeffrey Schechtman)
Nicole Scott .... location manager
Oscar Williams .... special consultant
Julian F. Myers .... publicist (uncredited)
Margaret O'Dea .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Paul Roedl .... auditor (uncredited)
Elliot Schick .... production executive (uncredited)
Homer Sharavsky .... craft service (uncredited)
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
Ron Windred .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
91 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2011) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 (video rating) | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
The orange convertible seen during the pimpmobile procession is a Dodge Super Charger concept car (using a 1968 Charger as the base vehicle - it is seen with a nose cone similar to the 1970 Charger Daytona.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Dorinda:[referencing Taffy] Her clients call her Colonel Sanders because she's finger lickin' good.See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Bloody good fun, ticking all the blaxploitation boxes, 26 August 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Blaxploitation films are so frequently ridiculed and parodied (much of it with reason) these days, that it's easy to forget that some of them were actually pretty good. Shaft (1971) paved the way for the sub-genre with its strutting bad-ass lead who's a sex-machine to all the chicks, and Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning score (for what he will forever be best remembered for). Hayes himself steps into the lead role here as ex- American football star and bail bondsman Mac 'Truck' Turner, who according to Yaphet Kotto's bad-guy pimp Blue, is "like a bulldog with eyes up his ass!", and displays some surprisingly charismatic qualities that makes it quite a shame he didn't appear in more.

Greasy lawyer Fogarty (the great Dick Miller) employs bounty-hunters 'Truck' Turner and his partner Jerry (Alan Weeks - with the best grin in cinema) to track down a low-down pusher and pimp named Gator (Paul Harris). After an extended chase scene, Turner and Jerry manage to kill Gator, much to the dismay of Gator's lady Dorinda (Nichelle Nichols - Uhura!). Dorinda rounds up the big pimps and offers her valuable collection of whores in exchange for Turner's head, a deal in which Blue accepts. Wanting to settle down with his girlfriend Annie (Annazette Chase), Turner finds his life turned upside when Blue employs a gang of hired killers.

Beginning almost as a buddy-comedy, the witty script and some genuine chemistry serve up some amusing early scenes, showing off Hayes' natural screen presence. But this turns into pure police procedural blaxploitation as the main plot kicks in, with jive-talk, pimps in some of the most delightfully ludicrous dress I've ever seen, car-chases, slow-motion shoot-outs, cocaine, hookers, and of course a tragically neglected soundtrack from Hayes himself. The action scenes are surprisingly good, and Corman protégé Jonathan Kaplan (director of fellow Grindhouse Project feature Night Call Nurses (1972) - review #443) makes sure he includes as much slow-motion men falling off rooftops and gushing fake blood as possible. Bloody good fun, and probably better than Shaft.

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