Riding the Bullet (2004)

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When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Parker
George Staub
Jean Parker
Jessica Hadley
Julian Parker (as Barry Levy)
Jackson Warris ...
Alan - Age 6
Alan - Age 12 (as Jeff Ballard)
Mature Alan
Hector Passmore
Robin Nielsen ...
Archie Howard
Mr. Clarkson
Simon Webb ...
Danielle Dunn-Morris ...
Mrs. Janey McCurdy


A young man hitchhiking back home to visit his mother is picked up by a mysterious stranger. As the ride goes on, the young man uncovers a terrible secret about the stranger, and is given a choice by the stranger. A choice that can mean life or death. Written by Sarah

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The dead travel fast


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 February 2005 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,107 (USA) (15 October 2004)


$101,107 (USA) (15 October 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the short story, George Staub's car was a Ford Mustang. The filmmakers decided to go with a red and white Plymouth as a nod to Stephen King's Christine. However Christine was a 1958 Plymouth Fury and George's car was a 1960 Plymouth Fury. See more »


Obvious "stun" car: the car that explodes is a 1959 Plymouth, not a 1960 as it is in the rest of the film. See more »


Alan Parker: Shit, one more life or death seems pretty insignificant in the greater planetary scheme of things.
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »


References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


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Well acted twist on the typical King formula
24 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've read plenty of mixed reviews on this one, and tonight I finally got around to watching it myself. Definitely a very strange movie, but certainly not in a bad way. Maybe it's just me, but Jonathan Jackson reminded me of a younger Johnny Depp, which is by no means an insult. This is the only film I've seen him in, but if this film is any indication of his other work, I must say he's a pretty fine actor. To be honest, the whole cast did a great job in my opinion. The plot was typical King fare, though it did have it's little tweaks to the formula which I enjoyed. Some scenes seemed to drag on forever, but overall this was a fairy fast-paced film. I think it would have fit in very well in another Creepshow sequel if it was a tad shorter, seemed the kid of story that would fit. The message was good, and I really like the ending. Easily one of the best horror films of the last few years.


EDIT - It's been the better part of a year since I wrote this review, and today I just happened to re-read it. Though I obviously really enjoyed the movie when I watched it, it really has no staying power. I mentioned how "I really like the ending", but today I couldn't tell you how it ended if I wanted to. This was an enjoyable fim (I guess), but it really wasn't very memorable.

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