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Riding the Bullet (2004)

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)
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Mature Alan
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Hector Passmore
Robin Nielsen ...
Archie Howard
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Mr. Clarkson
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Keith Dallas ...
Orderly
Danielle Dunn-Morris ...
Mrs. Janey McCurdy
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Storyline

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

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

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

Based on a story of the same name by Stephen King that was written exclusively for the internet. 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

Mature Alan: [voice over] Nothing seems to last. But the bullet. The bullet is constant. The bullet is always there. You wait in line, that's all. And when it's your turn to ride the bullet, maybe you ride, maybe you run. Either way it comes to the same thing. Fun is fun. And done is done. Nobody lives forever, but we all shine on.
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

Connections

References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Riding the Mallet
28 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't really understand what I saw while watching this film. I'm not sure whether it was intended as a character study, incredibly surreal or whatever.

I'm not really sure whether the protagonist's paranoia was really supposed to be important, if so, the suspicions were justified when spooky things started happening, so... I repeat: I really don't understand.

The antagonistic spirit tries to force on the protagonist a sadistic decision. Perhaps if, instead of watching weird stuff happen to the protagonist, we had been given more emotional investment in him, this might have been more effective.

So the roller coaster shares its name with a metaphor for mortality. Right. But then what effect did literally riding the coaster have? Any? Very weird...

The method of presents the protagonist's thoughts to the audience was inventive, but besides that I don't know what I could recommend about it. But then its probably among those films where reading about it simply can't substitute the experience of watching it.


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