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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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Alan Parker
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George Staub
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Farmer
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Jean Parker
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Jessica Hadley
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Julian Parker (as Barry Levy)
Jackson Warris ...
Alan - Age 6
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Alan - Age 12 (as Jeff Ballard)
Peter LaCroix ...
Mature Alan
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Hector Passmore
Robin Nielsen ...
Archie Howard
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Mr. Clarkson
Simon Webb ...
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Orderly
Danielle Dunn-Morris ...
Mrs. Janey McCurdy
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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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Horror | Thriller

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

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3 February 2005 (Portugal)  »

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Stephen King's Riding the Bullet  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

When Alan asks his mother how his father died, she says he was hit by a car while walking along side the road (while on his way to get gas for his car). On June 19, 1999, Stephen King was struck (and almost killed) while walking along Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hippie Guy: What's in Lewiston?
Alan Parker: I've gotta see my mom in the hospital.
Hippie Guy: Oh, shit. Is she sick?
Alan Parker: [his inner me; to Adam] No, she hangs out there. Pulls out a few tricks for a couple of bucks. Kind like a hobby.
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

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Featured in Shooting the Bullet (2005) See more »

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Incense And Peppermints
Written by John Carter and Tim Gilbert
Performed by The Strawberry Alarm Clock (as Strawberry Alarm Clock)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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