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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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A foul-mouthed, mean blaxploitation classic that pulls all the punches 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)

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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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:
Annie:So, this is your idea of a good night, huh. Get me drunk and then screw me.
Truck Turner:Okay, okay, we'll get something to eat first.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A foul-mouthed, mean blaxploitation classic that pulls all the punches, 18 August 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Isaac Hayes is bail bondsman Truck Turner; he's a man's man, no he's a man's man's man. Charming with the ladies and mean with the baddies, "he's like a bulldog with eyes up his ass". For someone more famous for his funky and cool music, which also won him the Oscar for the score of Shaft, Hayes displays an abundance of natural charisma and screen presence that it's really a shame he didn't have more lead roles in his day. He was also considered for the role of Shaft but it ended up in Richard Roundtree's hands.

Truck Turner the movie is every bit the blaxploitation classic one should expect. Filled with hot rods, jive ass broads, pimps and crooks, superb dialogues in that outdated but always funny 70's genre lingo and enough slow motion gunfights to equal Sam Peckinpah, Truck Turner is a thrill a minute and one of the best the genre has to offer. It starts off as a buddy movie as Turner and his bail bondsman friend are trying to track down a pimp called Gator and before long it turns 180 degrees into a revenge movie to rival Coffy. There's a long chase sequence in the first act that ranks among the best of the decade: it has everything from cars chasing and crushing their way through anything to gunfights en route and ends with a good old bar fight. That's just one of the good parts of the movie, as it manages to work on all levels: the action is nice in that good old fashioned way, the dialogues are not just filler, the drama works when it has to and the comedic timing is spot on.

Eighteen days from the posting of this review Isaac Hayes passed away and heaven became a little funkier. We'll always have stuff like Truck Turner to remember and cherish him for. RIP man.

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