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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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One of the best blaxploitation movies ever made See more (36 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)
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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
 
Sound Department
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects
C. Darin Knight .... sound (as Darin Knight)
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
 
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 .... rhythm (as The Isaac Hayes Movement)
Charles 'Skip' Pitts .... musician
Lester Snell .... musical supervisor
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited .... backup vocals (as Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited)
Dan Wallin .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Buster Kohloff .... transportation (as Buster Kohlhoff)
 
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
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
91 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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:
Originally developed as a film for actor Robert Mitchum. After Mitchum, James Coburn was attached to star as Truck Turner, but that fell through as well. Having already invested in the script, American International Pictures decided to turn it into an "urban picture" and cast a black actor. Dick Anthony Williams, best know for his work in The Mack (1973) and Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) was initially cast, but was quickly replaced by Isaac Hayes, who wanted to get into acting. It was also felt that Hayes had a bigger name draw than Williams.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:You don't look like cops, but you smell like trouble.
Truck Turner:Trouble, me? If I was, I wouldn't stand a chance with you, Mama.
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the best blaxploitation movies ever made, 19 September 1998
Author: Dave #42 from Missouri

After months of searching, I finally caught up with the Isaac Hayes blaxploitation hit Truck Turner. It's just not fair! This great action movie, Hayes' only lead role ever, is amazingly hard to find! I paid $15 to buy it at a Best Buy store, and I really got my money's worth. While I expected something along the lines of Shaft (and I wasn't disappointed there), I noticed a lot of similarities between this movie, made in 1974, and recent releases like L.A. Confidential and Jackie Brown! The plot: Hayes plays Mack "Truck" Turner, a former football star who was forced to retire due to an injury. Now he works as a bounty hunter with his partner Jerry (Alan Weeks is great!) When he kills his most recent target, a pimp named Gator, he's in trouble with Mack Daddy Harvard Blue and his vicious hoes, as well as a one-eyed assassin and a lot of other unpleasant characters! Isaac Hayes proves that he can act almost as good as he can sing! Nichelle Nicols of "Star Trek" gives the second-best performance in the movie as a hoe, Scatman Crothers is slick as Duke, the only pimp who backs Truck, and Annazette Chase is surprisingly good as Truck's lady! This one is a real classic. If you like Isaac Hayes, or "blaxploitation", and you find this movie somewhere, no matter how much it costs, buy it. It's worth it. **** out of ****

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