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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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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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Trivia

The truck mainly used in this film is a 1955 Leyland Octopus. When first seen at the U.S. Army base in Germany, Harry is driving a Rio M35. 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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Underrated British Noir
25 June 2010 | by waldog2006See all my reviews

I've just seen the 88m version of this film on a 'Hollywood Movie Greats' video and feel compelled to add my opinion because I feel the other reviews don't do this film justice. The Overlook Film Encyclopedia of the Gangster Film (edited by Phil Hardy, 1998) calls it an 'impressive...tough, exciting movie that, for its time, is remarkably full of nasty and sleazy characters...' They go on to mention the uniformly good performances including Diana Dors who is 'excellent'. In fact, if you're a fan of noir, Diana Dors, and Victor Mature, this is a triple whammy. Dors is lovingly lit throughout, weather with gleaming blonde hair giving her an almost angelic allure when Mature first realises he's a goner as he looks at her, or whether weeping in the shadows of a car's backseat; by the final scene only the truly cynical will be left unmoved by her performance. Okay, there's nothing particularly new or genre-bending in the script, but the relationships,whether amatory, or detailing the struggle of a fundamentally honest man trying not to succumb to the corruption of the low-lifes surrounding him, are more than adequately depicted. Perhaps the longer version has some slack; many films are improved by trimming. Well-written, well-shot, well-acted, well - what more do you want?


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