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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Parker
George Staub
Jean Parker
Jessica Hadley
Julian Parker (as Barry Levy)
Jackson Warris ...
Alan - Age 6
Alan - Age 12 (as Jeff Ballard)
Mature Alan
Hector Passmore
Archie Howard
Mr. Clarkson
Simon Webb ...
Grim Reaper
Danielle Dunn-Morris ...
Mrs. Janey McCurdy


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


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


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,107 (USA) (15 October 2004)


$101,107 (USA) (15 October 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The Hell's Gate ride wasn't in production in 1969. The earliest models didn't appear widely until the 80s. See more »


Jessica Hadley: Now, who loves you?
Alan Parker: My mom.
Jessica Hadley: Who else?
Alan Parker: Ehm, baby Jesus?
Jessica Hadley: Funny. Who else?
Alan Parker: You?
Jessica Hadley: I guess you've got prove of that, don't you?
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »


Featured in Shooting the Bullet (2005) See more »


Written by Jonathan Jackson
Performed by Enation
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Underrated King Adaptation
7 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

I was quite impressed with this film. It obviously wasn't a big-budget or big-marketing film. On my TV, the guide rated this as one-star. But I liked the story, I'm a Stephen King nut, and I enjoy watching films that aren't very well known. Basically, I didn't expect much so I was pleasantly surprised to find a decent movie that had wonderful atmosphere, as well as a strong performance from David Arquette. The movie is a bit random, and yes, it is filled with some cheap, cliché' scares. Basically, this is an exciting horror film that also contains plenty of late 60's music and lifestyle. While it's not perfect, it offers some excellent atmosphere and deserves at least one watch. Definitely recommended for a good Halloween movie.

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