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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
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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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3 February 2005 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

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

The rednecks follow Alan for a long distance while leaving their car behind. When Alan hides in the refrigerator after a short while you hear the rednecks leaving in their car (which they actually left behind a long distance behind). See more »

Quotes

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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Features The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
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Not the greatest ride...
24 January 2005 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I am actually surprised to see this movie has gotten as high a rating as it has, as honestly it doesn't deserve it. Unless you are a die hard King fan this probably won't hold much appeal to you. The almost-horror premise involves a young man's trip to visit his mother who has been hospitalized from a stroke. Along the way he comes to terms with his past and current fears involving death in an almost 'Chistmas Carol' like way. The main flaw with the movie is that it may have a good theme about the value of life, but the 'fantasies' that the lead lives in lend a horror aspect that is mostly conveyed as trite and forced. The acting and effects were convincing enough for what it is (though much of the effects that are supposed to scare us involve menacing conversation), but overall it was too uneven to really deliver either a decent horror or a good coming to terms movie. A good choice for a Sunday night when nothing else is on.


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