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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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

The last line of the film, 'We all shine on', is taken from the song, "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)", written by John Lennon. See more »

Goofs

Alan hides in a refrigerator after being chased by some rednecks. The rednecks shoot at the refrigerator where he is hiding, but when he emerges from the refrigerator, there is no evidence of the door being shot at, either inside or out. See more »

Quotes

George Staub: Nice to meet you, Hector. I'm George. George Staub.
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

Connections

Edited into Shooting the Bullet (2005) See more »

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Ride
Written by Jonathan Jackson
Performed by Enation
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This is Your Red Herring on Drugs
30 September 2006 | by (PDX) – See all my reviews

This is not one of the worse adaptations of Stephen King's work, but it's another one that makes the successful ones (De Palma's "Carrie," Reiner's "Stand by Me," and Kubrick's "The Shining" come immediately to mind) seem all the more remarkable. Jonathan Jackson does a fine job of playing a self-absorbed and death-fixated jerk. David Arquette does a fine job of playing a weirdo, which I know comes as a shock, but this one is threatening. It's nice to see Barbara Hershey and Cliff Robertson working, but the film is an incoherent, drug-trippy, red-herring-loaded road movie in which each succeeding segment and flashback builds to a huge.... mind-numbing yawn. If you fast-forward to long segments you may miss some details but in the end, you won't care.


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