Up 10,584 this week

The Nickel Ride (1974)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  15 January 1975 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 298 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 22 critic

Small-time criminal Cooper manages several warehouses in Los Angeles that the mob use to stash their stolen goods. Known as "the key man" for the key chain he always keeps on his person ... See full summary »



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

Veteran actor Mark Gordon dies
| The Hollywood Reporter

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 29 Nov 2011
a list of 43 titles
created 10 Oct 2012
a list of 177 titles
created 17 Mar 2014
a list of 184 titles
created 10 Jul 2014
a list of 29 titles
created 10 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Nickel Ride" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Nickel Ride (1974)

The Nickel Ride (1974) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Nickel Ride.
1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An arrogant young doctor helps an eccentric older doctor care for natives in the Dutch West Indies circa 1936. Challenged by love, leprosy and black magic, he undergoes a series of ordeals ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young college student is sent to prison as much for killing a pedestrian with his car as for not paying his parking tickets. When the opportunity presents itself he escapes and is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Barbara Hershey, Arthur Hill
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on a true story, a bright young man who hasn't the patience for the normal way of advancement finds that people rarely question you if your papers are in order. He becomes a marine, a... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Tony Curtis, Karl Malden, Edmond O'Brien
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The experiences of a young female English teacher in an inner-city New York high school.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Patrick Bedford, Sandy Dennis, Eileen Heckart
Bloodbrothers (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Paul Sorvino, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Gere
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Steve McQueen, Lee Remick, Don Murray
The Rat Race (1960)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Oakie
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Not until three years after the death of her husband Jolly, Kay dares to move back into their former home, persuaded by her new fiancé Rupert. But soon her worst expectations come true, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When an army scout retires to a farm in New Mexico he takes pity on a white woman and her half-breed son recently rescued from indians, and invites them to join him. He does this even ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: James F. Collier
Stars: Joanna Pettet, William Jordan, Tuvia Tavi
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A demented prison doctor performs gruesome shock therapy experiments on inmates.

Director: Gregory Goodell
Stars: Linda Haynes, Geoffrey Lewis, Ellen Travolta


Complete credited cast:
Linda Haynes ...
Richard Evans ...
Bart Burns ...
Lou Frizzell ...
Mark Gordon ...
Harvey Gold ...


Small-time criminal Cooper manages several warehouses in Los Angeles that the mob use to stash their stolen goods. Known as "the key man" for the key chain he always keeps on his person that can unlock all the warehouses, Cooper is assigned by the local syndicate to negotiate a deal for a new warehouse because the mob has run out of storage space. However, Cooper's superior Carl gets nervous and decides to have cocky cowboy button man Turner keep an eye on Cooper. Written by Woodyanders

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The Nightmare Was Over... Or Had It Just Begun! See more »


Crime | Drama


PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 January 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre clave  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. See more »


Anytime There's Music, You're My Song
Written by Michael Chain
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

the shadows swallow your reflection
19 April 2012 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Nickel Ride" is all about mood. There's a nearly-constant feeling a dread in the air. From the first scene, you get the terrifying sensation that something bad is going to happen, and that anything to the contrary is a fleeting illusion. Cooper (played by Jason Miller) is supposedly a guy who everyone likes, but it soon becomes clear that no one respects him. Maybe it's because he stopped fighting a long time ago, back when his apathy buried his anger. There's a sense of hope in him, though, but that just makes him a target. He's in a line of work that perceives anything but the iron fist as a sign of weakness - and it's these desperate days that the opening scene drops us into. Out of a nearly-waking dream, like a mirror of Miller's first film "The Exorcist", he sees something coming that's more a thing of impeding doom than that of direct prophecy.

It's a somewhat atypical film for director Robert Mulligan. He was more one for straightforward dramas, rarely tackling a subdued loner-driven narrative like this. This is also an early original script for Eric Roth, who is certainly treading much more uncomplicated ground than on his later stories. He's written something that can be carried completely by performances. "The Nickel Ride" doesn't reach very far, so it's not totally capable of the sort of staying power that keeps other 1970s classics in our minds. But the powerful uneasy feeling and the performance of Jason Miller makes it something special. This is a curious, angry, scared little alleycat of a film.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD availability lukethedealer
Discuss The Nickel Ride (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: