Trucker (2008)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 April 2008 (USA)
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A trucker, leading a life free of depth and on the way to nowhere, is forced to make a decision about her aggressive loner 11-year-old son whom she openly deserted ten years previously.



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Diane's free-wheeling life of drunken one-night-stands as a professional trucker hits a road block when Peter, her son, is dropped at her doorstep. Her former husband Len, whom she abandoned eleven years ago along with their new-born son, has cancer and no one else to turn to while he's in the hospital. Peter, resentful and wary, wants, even needs a mother who'll want him at this worrisome time but knows better than to expect this from Diane. With deliveries waiting and a mortgage to be paid, there's only one inevitable thing ahead for Diane and Peter - a road trip together. Written by statmanjeff

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Some things in life you can't leave behind



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, language, brief drug use involving minors, and a sexual assault

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Release Date:

24 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caminhoneira  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,298 (USA) (9 October 2009)


$52,166 (USA) (15 January 2010)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The tractor used is an International Eagle. See more »


Len Bonner: You know, after you took off, I-I planned on how it was gonna be when I saw you again. Well, ten years later, this ain't it.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.4 (2011) See more »


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Wasn't THAT bad . . .
29 October 2008 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I was able to see this film at the Austin Film Festival 2008. Saw it twice actually, since Natnan Fillion's number one fan wasn't able to go the night I had it on my calendar. Despite problems with the script (didn't always ring true) and definitely with the dialogue (again, problems with truth, and reality), Nathan, Michelle, and Jimmy give fine performances. Dialogue weakness, I would guess, would be a tough thing for an actor to overcome, but Nathan sails through it with flying colors. I would have liked to have asked the director why he chose sepia tones for some of the scenes - they simply didn't fit with the message/action on screen. I'd ask, but he'd probably not answer, like in the Q&A at the Sunday evening screening. (What, me bitter? No.) If I had to guess, I'd say that the director makes some rookie errors since this was his first narrative; and, it appears he was more interested in being an "artiste" rather than telling the audience a story. Overall though, I enjoyed the picture, particularly Nathan Fillion, Michelle Monaghan and Jimmy Bennett.

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