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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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Enjoyable and effective when viewed as a genre film 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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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:
This film was Nichelle Nichols' only entry into the blaxploitation genre. She declined all offers into other blaxploitation films only to concentrate on the science fiction convention appearances - especially Star Trek conventions and later as a recruiter for NASA.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:
Harvard Blue:Turner's like a bulldog with eyes up his ass!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ethnic Notions (1986)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable and effective when viewed as a genre film, 14 February 2010
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Truck Turner and his partner Jerry are bounty hunters for bail bonds men. Turner has a reputation for being an intimidating and confident force and can command top dollar for the jobs nobody else is willing to take. When the job of retrieving pimp Gator Johnson turns sour, Tuner has to kill Gator and invokes the ire of his girl Dorinda. While Dorinda tries to hold her stable of girls together in a male dominated industry, she offers up a significant business share in her girls to the man who is able to kill Turner for her revenge.

I have taken recently to watching some Blaxploitation films mostly because I find the genre to be agreeably trashy and in a way the weaknesses can be accepted and almost enjoyed as part of the experience that you have come for. Trashily made, violent, tough black male leads, gorgeous females with lots of sass, funky soundtrack, solid action and unintentional laughs – all of these things sort of come with the territory. Truck Turner actually stands out as one of the more enjoyable of the genre, while still very much being a genre film with all the staples in place. The film is built on the usual sense of tough cool in the packaging and in the lead character and the plot pretty much does what you expect as a revenge plot provides plenty of gun battles and bright red blood squibs going off – none of it particularly thrilling but none of it dull either.

Where it actually benefits is in the casting. Hayes is not the best actor of course but he does have a lazy cool charm about him and he leads the film well. He is totally out-acted though by Nichelle Nichols who is not only sexy but is convincingly full of murderous rage – as others have said, it is a world away from her character on Star Trek but she really dominates the screen here with a marvellously over the top and driven house-mother harpie. Kotto is not quite as good but he is a very good presence and deserved to be used a bit better than he was. That said he still rocks most of his scenes and is rewarded with a memorable final scene. Weeks is funny, Chase is cute and beyond that everyone is par for the genre course, with plenty of bad hair and overacting in the men and lots of flesh in the women.

Truck Turner is still a genre film of course and it needs to be met on those terms but it does stand out as a good example of the genre – tough, cool, good performances, lots of pimp etc stereotypes and plenty of silly gun action. Far from being a great film, it is still a very good genre piece.

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