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Riding the Bullet (2004)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  3 February 2005 (Portugal)
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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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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)

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

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Alan cuts himself with a razor blade, they scan through his apartment. On the coffee table was a commercially made plastic bong. The first plastic bong was patented in 1975, six years after the time line of the movie. Prior to the mid 1970's bongs were made of bamboo. See more »

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Archie Howard: Little Hector Passmore over here passed out as soon as he saw a little blood in the water.
Hector Passmore: stuttering, is embarrassed: I, I didn't pass out. I just felt a little woozy is all. I'm a pacifist man. I don't dig the sight of spilled blood.
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FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

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

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Get Together
Written by Chet Powers (as Chester Powers Jr.)
Performed by The Youngbloods
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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If you're a fan of King's work, watch it. Anyone else might be disappointed.
16 August 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

MickGarris, director of Riding The Bullet, is no stranger to adapting the work of Stephen King for the screen, having previously tackled TV versions of Quicksilver Highway, The Stand, and The Shining, and the big screen adaptation of Sleepwalkers. Of all the directors that have turned King's blockbuster books into movies, Garris seems to be the one of those best able to capture King's literary style on film. This is great news for fans of King's work, but not so great for me; I've always struggled with his books, finding them something of a chore to work through. Naturally, this is also how I felt about Garris's adaptation of Riding The Bullet.

Troubled teen Alan Parker (Jonathan Jackson) is hitch-hiking to see his mother in hospital. On the way, he encounters many strange people and before his journey is through, he is forced to confront his demons and make some life-changing decisions.

I must stress that this is not a horror film; there are spooky moments, but these are not necessarily supernatural, and are more likely the result of the lead character's fertile imagination. To me, the film was more about not wasting the gift of life, dealing with guilt, and the importance of making good choices.

Garris attempts some particularly strange visual gimmickry during the telling of this tale, but I personally found his quirky directorial style to be annoying, and a truly awful performance from David Arquette certainly didn't help matters; only one or two genuinely creepy moments manage to stop this from being a complete waste of time. It is ironic that, for a film about 'making good choices', the makers of this movie sure seem to have made some bad ones.


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