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Trucks (1997)

Based on the short story by Stephen King, this tells the tale of trucks suddenly coming to life and attacking their owners.

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Ray
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Hope
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Trucker Bob
Roman Podhora ...
Thad
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Jack
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Logan
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Abby
Victor Cowie ...
George
Sharon Bajer ...
June
Jonathan Barrett ...
Brad
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Trucker Pete
Don Granbery ...
Sheriff
Barbara Lee Edwards ...
TV Reporter
Gene Pyrz ...
Refrigerator Truck Driver
Kirk Harper ...
Lino
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A small town truck stop is taken over by driver-less trucks. Possibly caused by a toxic spill in the city. After the trucks cause numerous deaths, the remaining survivors (two teens, their fathers, and another lady citizen) are forced to escape the truck stop. They find it's very difficult to out-smart the trucks. Written by <casbeas@hotmail.com>

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U-Turn, U-Die!


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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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29 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The Westway Refrigerated truck, the main adversary, is a Western Star. The Happy Toys truck in "Maximum Overdrive" is also a Western Star. See more »

Goofs

The electrical substation explodes before the U.S. Army truck hits it. See more »

Quotes

Jack: There was no-one driving, no-one.
Thad: There had to be someone driving with their head down, trucks don't drive by themselves!
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Spoofs Psycho (1960) See more »

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This is the Trucking Original
6 November 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's not a remake of Maximum Overdrive, it's an unmake - what that film should have been.

Trucks is based pretty closely on the short story, which is one of King's best in his Nightshift collection.

The action is constant. It never lets up. And for a TV movie, there seems a lot of explosions, or budget in other words. Apart from The Car (1977), or Killdozer (1974), it's a unique movie - well, trinique - being the only films of vehicular possession that I recall. Woops I forgot Christine (1983). Quadnique.

A few times it snaps reality, when, I think, adding ideas King maybe didn't.

It was a relief and pleasure seeing the ideas King developed faithfully appear as the movie progressed, making me remember the story I read ages ago. The acting, especially at-times-terror-stricken Timothy Busfield, and character, is de-fine.

And about the people who can't believe it, or the intriguing and various hard trying attempts at explanation, which added more fun, depth, and reality to the black magic of the story, I think of what Stephen King said when he heard of people who can't believe in these stories:

I feel a kind of sadness.

Now if they just unmake The Mangler in the same way, which was the best story in that book...


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