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Release Date:
15 January 1975 (USA) See more »
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The Nightmare Was Over... Or Had It Just Begun! See more »
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Small-time criminal Cooper manages several warehouses in Los Angeles that the mob use to stash their stolen goods... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jason Miller ... Cooper

Linda Haynes ... Sarah

Victor French ... Paddie

John Hillerman ... Carl

Bo Hopkins ... Turner
Richard Evans ... Bobby
Bart Burns ... Elias
Lou Frizzell ... Paulie
Mark Gordon ... Tonozzi
Harvey Gold ... Chester

Lee de Broux ... Harry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nelson Leigh ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
 
Writing credits
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Eric Roth 

Produced by
David Foster .... executive producer
Robert Mulligan .... producer
Lawrence Turman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth 
 
Film Editing by
O. Nicholas Brown 
 
Art Direction by
Lawrence G. Paull  (as Larry Paull)
 
Set Decoration by
Jack Stevens 
 
Makeup Department
Gary Morris .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Frank Baur .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... second assistant director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects
 
Stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Burton .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Brooker .... key grip
Gary Holt .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Dick Darling .... assistant film editor
Don Zimmerman .... assistant film editor
 
Other crew
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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99 min
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Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
the shadows swallow your reflection, 19 April 2012
Author: Steve Skafte from Nova Scotia, Canada

"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.

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