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The Long Haul (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | December 1957 (USA)
After leaving his U.S. Army job in Germany, a trucker takes a long-haul driver job in Britain where he runs into an organized-crime syndicate that controls the trucking industry.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ken Hughes (screenplay), Mervyn Mills (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Harry Miller
Diana Dors ... Lynn
Patrick Allen ... Joe Easy
Gene Anderson Gene Anderson ... Connie Miller
Peter Reynolds ... Frank
Liam Redmond ... Casey
John Welsh ... Doctor
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Nat Fine
Michael Wade Michael Wade ... Butch Miller
Dervis Ward Dervis Ward ... Mutt
Murray Kash Murray Kash ... Jeff
John Harvey John Harvey ... Supt. Macrea
Roland Brand Roland Brand ... Army Sergeant
Stanley Rose Stanley Rose ... Foreman
Raymond Barry Raymond Barry ... Depot Manager
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Storyline

Desperate to earn money, Harry hooks back up with Joe Easy. The best scene is when they make the final run to cash out a load of furs and they get lost on the way through the forest. The three drive the truck over the mountain to connect with the waiting ship in the harbor. The rocky terrain is a tense journey, until they try to cross the steam. Then it gets really good when they get stuck and have to remove a front tire in the middle of the stream. Harry's arm gets caught under the truck fender, they get loose but can't get up the embankment. There's an OK fist fight and then the trucks load slide off and crushes Joe Easy. That gets Harry & Lynn to the waiting ship. Harry then has guilty remorse and returns with Lynn to the wife and hospitalized son. They reconcile and the Police arrest harry for all his crimes.Lynn heads back to her dead end life at "The Congo Club" Written by J. Harry

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Taglines:

SILK, FLESH AND DYNAMITE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Fahrt in den Abgrund See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Easy's car is a 1956 Ford Zephyr MKII 2-door convertible. See more »

Goofs

The license plate on Harry's truck changes between scenes. For example when he leaves the diner after the fight it is SLP-672 and when he arrives in Glasgow it's OLO-482. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Army Sergeant: Hiya Harry, what kept you?
Harry Miller: Are you kidding? You know what you can do with this weather.
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Great film, high quality in all areas
16 June 2012 | by markpunchSee all my reviews

This is a very good film, starting with a great , sensitive script, terrific acting from Victor Mature and Diana Dors , and beautiful wide-screen B&W photography.

Anyone who's ever doubted the two leads acting ability should see this film. Diana Dors is particularly great in a role which was a surprise to me, displaying great sensitivity beyond the script, which is already very good.

I highly recommend this movie, it is much more than just a trucker, road action flick.

The relationships of the principal characters are very well drawn,

and the outcome is not the normal cliché ending one might expect.

The Long Haul is really a great film-noir of the 50s era, as good as any of the classic 40s noir, I believe.

It is available on DVD ... see it , you won't be disappointed.


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