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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)
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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 ...
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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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

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

Alan's "inner voice" says, "You are not going to Toronto with Cheech & Chong here while your mom's lying in a hospital...." The story is set in 1969, when Cheech & Chong were still unknown comics working in Canada. Their first album wouldn't come out till 1972. See more »

Quotes

Hippie Guy: You know, my mom died in the hospital. Heavy shit. She had lung cancer and she weighed like 75 pounds when she died.
Alan Parker: [inner voice] Thanks for sharing that, asshole. I feel much better now.
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Time Has Come Today
Written by Joseph Chambers (as Joseph) & Willie Chambers
Performed by The Chambers Brothers
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Weird and Boring Movie
6 November 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Yesterday I was visiting my brother-in-law and we decided to rent this DVD to watch with a group of friends, based on the name of Stephen King highlighted on the cover of the DVD. The story is about a morbid young man, who tries to suicide on the day of his birthday just because his girlfriend had broken with him. When he leaves the hospital, he is informed that his mother had a stroke, and he hitchhikes with weird persons during the night in lonely roads trying to visit her. One of the drivers is death, who asks him to choose who should die: himself or his mother. In this moment, he realizes how important is to live, and changes his attitude and behavior regarding life. Maybe Stephen King's book is good, I have never read it, but this adaptation is a crap. We were a group of nine friends, five slept in the middle of the film. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Montado na Bala" ("Riding the Bullet")


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