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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
Archie Howard
Mr. Clarkson
Simon Webb ...
Grim Reaper
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


Horror | Thriller

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Erika Christensen's character tells Jonathan Jackson's character at the beginning of the movie to not be so "Leave it to Beaver" about their breakup. This is a possible nod to Christensen's first major role as Wally's girlfriend in the 90's film adaptation of Leave it to Beaver. See more »


In the scene where Alan waits for the train to go past, there are "double stack" inter-modal cars on the train as well as an "End-of-Train-Unit" or "SBU" (Sense and Braking Unit, which replaced the cabooses). Both of these things came into use in the 1980s and this movie is supposed to take place in 1969. 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 »


Features The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »


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Saw this movie last night
2 August 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Sunday, August 1st 2004 was the World Premiere of Stephen King's Riding The Bullet, which was hosted by DIRECTOR MICK GARRIS.

The story is set back in 1969. Alan (Jonathan Jackson) is a college student who learns that his mother (Barbara Hershey) has been hospitalized after a stroke. He must hitchhike across the state over the course of one night to be with her. Along the way he confronts his past, his future, his demons and fears - and a terrifying personification of death.

This film is brilliantly shot and the cast is fantastic!!! This film works so well because it has everything a TRUE Stephen King fan would be proud of. Excellent character development with thorough storyline added with a dash of fear and terror.

The movie is 100 min.

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