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


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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (short story)
Brian Taggert (teleplay)
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Release Date:
29 October 1997 (USA) See more »
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Timothy Busfield ... Ray

Brenda Bakke ... Hope

Aidan Devine ... Trucker Bob
Roman Podhora ... Thad

Jay Brazeau ... Jack

Brendan Fletcher ... Logan

Amy Stewart ... Abby
Victor Cowie ... George
Sharon Bajer ... June
Jonathan Barrett ... Brad

Rick Skene ... Trucker Pete
Don Granberry ... Sheriff (as Don Granbery)
Barbara Lee Edwards ... TV Reporter
Gene Pyrz ... Refrigerator Truck Driver
Kirk Harper ... Lino
Harry Nelken ... Phil
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Brown ... Gas Station Customer in Car (uncredited)

Mark Todd Bruner ... Power Line Electrician (uncredited)

Erich Martin Hicks ... Hazmat Suit Killer with Axe (uncredited)
Matt Holm ... Hazmat Worker #2 (uncredited)
Terence Kelly ... ill-fated Mailman (uncredited)
Chuck Robinson ... Hazmat Worker #1 (uncredited)

Joe Rose ... Tanker Truck Driver (uncredited)
Geoff Williams ... Chemical Truck Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Thomson 
Writing credits
Stephen King (short story)

Brian Taggert (teleplay)

Produced by
Mark Amin .... executive producer
Bruce David Eisen .... co-producer
Greg Griffin .... executive producer
Jerry Leider .... executive producer
Jonathon Komack Martin .... co-producer
Derek Mazur .... executive producer
Richard Reisberg .... executive producer (as Richard S. Reisberg)
Michael J.F. Scott .... co-producer (as Michael Scott)
Original Music by
Michael Richard Plowman 
Cinematography by
Robert Draper (director of photography) (as Rob Draper)
Film Editing by
Lara Mazur 
Casting by
Ellen Meyer 
Production Design by
David Ferguson 
Art Direction by
James Phillips  (as Jim Phillips)
Set Decoration by
Kim Forrest 
Costume Design by
Darena Snowe 
Makeup Department
Pamela M. Athayde .... key makeup artist (as Pamela Athayde)
Rosemarie Diekmann .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Lara Mazur .... post-production supervisor
Shaunna O'Brien-Moran .... executive in charge of production: Credo Entertainment Corporation
Lesley Oswald .... assistant production manager
Vonnie von Helmolt .... production manager (as Vonnie Von Helmolt)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Danielle Dumesnil .... third assistant director
Don Granberry .... first assistant director (as Don Granbery)
Ron Oxley .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kristen Deem .... art department assistant
Matt Holm .... set dresser
Ken Hart Swain .... assistant props (as Ken Hart-Swain)
Ernie Thiessen .... construction coordinator
Ken Wills .... property master
Sound Department
Michael Colomby .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Durity .... sound effects editor
Gordon Durity .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Haskill .... sound effects editor
Philip Hunter .... dialogue editor
Gael MacLean .... sound designer
Gael MacLean .... sound supervisor
Dave Stephens .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Cara E. Anderson .... special effects assistant
Rory Cutler .... special effects coordinator
Darcy Davis .... special effects assistant
Erich Martin Hicks .... special effects: pick-up shots
Kevin Stadnyk .... special effects crew
Leigh Bianco .... stunts (as Leigh Brinkman)
David Brown .... stunt driver (as Dave Brown)
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Wayne Downer .... stunt performer
Jill Herman .... stunt performer
Tommy J. Huff .... truck stunts (uncredited)
Gary Rimmer .... stunt performer
Chuck Robinson .... stunt driver
Maurice Santia .... stunts
Moris Santia .... stunts (as Maurice Santia)
Ron Van Hart .... stunt performer
Len Wagner .... stunt performer
Geoff Williams .... stunts
Helen Young .... stunt performer
Tom Glass .... truck action (uncredited)
Steve Kelso .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... truck stunts (uncredited)
Rick Skene .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Allan Belyea .... grip
Grace Donaldson .... grip
Keith Holland .... additional cinematographer
Stephan Lentz .... key grip
Paul Michaud .... still photographer
David Perkins .... focus puller: "a" camera
Norman Porticella .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Bette Chadwick .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ina Hanford .... lead dresser
Editorial Department
Dylan Mazur .... post-production assistant
David C. Whitten .... color timer
Transportation Department
Dave Perich .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Anna Marie Boquist .... production secretary
Ken Friss .... script supervisor
Anastasia Geras .... production coordinator
Ross Ikeda .... post-production accountant
Nghia Nguyen .... legal services
David Porter .... chef
Sherry Starkell .... set coordinator (as Sherri Starkwell)
Teena Timm .... production assistant
Cami Winikoff .... executive in charge of production: Trimark

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Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for violence/terror and a scene of sensuality (original rating)
Australia:95 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A | Denmark:15 | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | UK:18 | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:PG-13 (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: A female character attacks a truck with an ax, hitting it several times on the body with little effect, and then embeds the ax in the windshield, but then from an opposite camera angle we see a male character rescuing her and the windshield is clearly NOT affected by the ax.See more »
ill-fated Mailman:Veeeery cute. Alright, kid... come on out right now!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Twilight Zone" (1959)See more »


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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Comedy gold!, 12 September 2008
Author: Seb from United Kingdom

This movie is based on a Stephen King short story which surprisingly isn't about a writer in Maine who is stuck for ideas, which is his usual hero. Instead there's some people in a truck stop who get menaced by trucks that come alive. Already you've got a plot that wouldn't look out of place in a Garth Marengi novel.

In the short story there is little explanation as to why the trucks have turned hostile and that kind of works, well it works better than any explanation a rational person could come up with because it's patently a bit silly. Better to just leave it as a mystery hey? So what does the movie do? Delves right in there looking for answers.

Various explanations come up, each more risible than the last. One fat guy thinks the trucks have come alive because of pollution or something, someone else thinks its to do with aliens. What I love best about the explanations is the way the actors look totally shamefaced as they say their lines. They know this is the lowest point in their probably now dead careers.

You've already got one shiny nugget of comedy gold right there even before you factor in the bad acting but wipe it against your sleeve and you'll see it really shines with much more.

A guy gets attacked with the most rubber looking axe in the history of film making. Honestly, I swear I had to watch that bit five times. Another guy gets attacked by a toy truck he could easily drop kick across the street and has to pretend to be knocked over so it can ram him in the head a few times.

This is priceless straight-faced comedy the like of which you rarely see these days. It's so poor it really deserves a 1 but I can't bring myself to give it less than 2 because it made me laugh so much.

If you love bad movies this one needs to be on your shelf. I would love to have seen Stephen Kings face when he first saw this aired.

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