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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)

Shane Cardwell ... Hazmat Worker 2 (uncredited)

Erich Martin Hicks ... Hazmat Suit Killer with Axe (uncredited)
Terence Kelly ... ill-fated Mailman (uncredited)
Chuck Robinson ... Lunar town Bus Driver (uncredited)
Geoff Williams ... Tanker 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
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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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror and a scene of sensuality (original rating)
Australia:95 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | 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 »
Hazmat Worker 2:Hey, what the hell are we moppin' up here anyway?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Psycho (1960)See more »


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The worst Stephen King adaptation I've ever seen in my life!, 8 May 2015
Author: Eightiesjunkie from Texas

Let me start off by saying this: I love Stephen King! He's one of my all-time favorite writers, and no one else can match his imagination. Now, many of his novels and short stories have been turned into films. Some are great, some are so-so, some are bad, and some are horrifically bad. Unfortunately, this film falls into the latter category. Both this film, and 1986's "Maximum Overdrive" were based on a short story that King had published. Many, many people have claimed that "Maximum Overdrive" is the all-time worst Stephen King adaptation ever made. In my personal opinion however, that's really unfair. Because trust me, you can do a WHOLE lot worse than "Maximum Overdrive". I've seen many Stephen King movies over the years, and I must say: this movie is beyond a shadow of a doubt, the worst one I've ever seen in my life! Worse than "It", worse than "The Tommyknockers", worse than "Sleepwalkers", worse than "Golden years", worse than "Thinner", worse than all those movies combined! If you think that "Maximum Overdrive" is King's worst, then you clearly haven't seen any of the movies I mentioned previously, or this movie. comparing "Maximum Overdrive" to this film, is like comparing a Calzone to a Totino's pizza roll! The reason why "Trucks" fails where "Maximum Overdrive" succeeds, is because "Max" doesn't take itself seriously. The concept is ridiculous, so it just has has fun with it. which is basically what the movie is, a "turn your brain off" fun movie. "Trucks" is about as "fun" as watching paint dry! "Trucks" also plays the concept totally straight. I suppose they were trying to make it scary, but it's not, it's just stupid! Not to mention the fact, that the film lacks everything that made "Max" good. No good actors, no intriguing characters, no awesome soundtrack, and no big bad killer truck! I can only guess what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish with this movie. Maybe they thought "Maximum Overdrive" was a mistake, and were trying to make up for it, but you can't make up for a "mistake", by making a bigger, far worse, one!

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