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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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Julian Parker (as Barry Levy)
Jackson Warris ...
Alan - Age 6
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Alan - Age 12 (as Jeff Ballard)
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Mr. Clarkson
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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)  »

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Stephen King's Riding the Bullet  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,107, 17 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,107, 17 October 2004
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Trivia

Erika Christensen's character tells Jonathan Jackson's character at the beginning of the movie to not be so "Leave it to Beaver" about their breakup. This is a possible nod to Christensen's first major role as Wally's girlfriend in the 90's film adaptation of Leave it to Beaver. 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

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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FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

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References Misery (1990) See more »

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Time Of The Season
Written by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
Courtesy of Marquis Enterprises Ltd.
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Well acted twist on the typical King formula
24 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I've read plenty of mixed reviews on this one, and tonight I finally got around to watching it myself. Definitely a very strange movie, but certainly not in a bad way. Maybe it's just me, but Jonathan Jackson reminded me of a younger Johnny Depp, which is by no means an insult. This is the only film I've seen him in, but if this film is any indication of his other work, I must say he's a pretty fine actor. To be honest, the whole cast did a great job in my opinion. The plot was typical King fare, though it did have it's little tweaks to the formula which I enjoyed. Some scenes seemed to drag on forever, but overall this was a fairy fast-paced film. I think it would have fit in very well in another Creepshow sequel if it was a tad shorter, seemed the kid of story that would fit. The message was good, and I really like the ending. Easily one of the best horror films of the last few years.

8.5/10

EDIT - It's been the better part of a year since I wrote this review, and today I just happened to re-read it. Though I obviously really enjoyed the movie when I watched it, it really has no staying power. I mentioned how "I really like the ending", but today I couldn't tell you how it ended if I wanted to. This was an enjoyable fim (I guess), but it really wasn't very memorable.


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