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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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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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The old red car with the white top is supposed to be a 1958 Plymouth Fury - the same make and model as Christine (1983). 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 »

Quotes

Jessica Hadley: Now, who loves you?
Alan Parker: My mom.
Jessica Hadley: Who else?
Alan Parker: Ehm, baby Jesus?
Jessica Hadley: Funny. Who else?
Alan Parker: You?
Jessica Hadley: I guess you've got prove of that, don't you?
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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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Pushin' Too Hard
Written by Sky Saxon
Performed by The Seeds
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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S.K., you have enough money, please stop them from making more movie adaptations
5 June 2006 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

I'm a Stephen King fan. Not a die-hard fan, I read his late works more out of respect than enjoyment, but I must admit he can weave a storyline when he wants to.

That's why I always cringe when I hear there is another King adaptation. It's always a very ugly experience for me. Not only am I barely standing watching it, I am also embarrassed that I actually liked the very story the usually atrocious movie is based on.

So here comes "Riding the bullet", the movie based on a story I rather enjoyed. I wasn't even expecting it, a friend brought it from a video store for the bunch of us to watch.

Need I continue? Again, since my friends know I have S.K. book collection and had read and liked the story, the experience was as close to embarrassment as walking in naked on grandma's 90th birthday. I found myself constantly explaining that "this was not in the book" and almost apologizing for how bad it was.

Why was it so bad? Where should I start? The main character in the book was a normal kid, a guy you can identify with. In the movie he is a death-obsessed freak who regularly talks with himself. But not the usual way, mind you, his other self makes a habit of walking up to him and disappearing in puff of smoke. Basically the whole introduction - which is, of course, "not in the book" - serves only to make him more dislikable. He likes to draw monsters and has hallucinations of shoddy Death creature with heavy-metal background music (oh, the movie is set in 1969 by the way, so good choice with the score, guys!). He whines and self-pities himself and is basically a jerk. But we're stuck with him for 2 hours, oh joy and happiness.

So, anyway, this moaning creep's mother gets sick and he goes on a trip to see her. On this trip a bunch of animals get roadkilled, he talks to himself and some other non-existing folks a lot and at some time David Arquette turns up and pretends he is scary. By the end, I was just waiting for the torture to be over. And it was a long wait.

I tried reading the story again yesterday. I couldn't. The whining freak permanently replaced the original guy. And boy, do I want to forget that face.

Thanks a lot guys. And please make more King adaptations, I can't wait.


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