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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)
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Mature Alan
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Hector Passmore
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Archie Howard
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Mr. Clarkson
Simon Webb ...
Grim Reaper
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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

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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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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

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

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 »

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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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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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