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Hell Drivers (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 26 July 1957 (UK)
Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss' rackets.

Director:

Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield)

Writers:

John Kruse (screenplay), Cy Endfield (screenplay) (as C. Raker Endfield) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baker ... Tom Yately
Herbert Lom ... Gino Rossi
Peggy Cummins ... Lucy
Patrick McGoohan ... C. 'Red' Redman
William Hartnell ... Cartley
Wilfrid Lawson ... Ed
Sidney James ... Dusty
Jill Ireland ... Jill
Alfie Bass ... Tinker
Gordon Jackson ... Scottie
David McCallum ... Jimmy Yately
Sean Connery ... Johnny Kates
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Pop
George Murcell ... Tub
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Ma West
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Storyline

Joe "Tom" Yateley is an ex-convict. Trying to leave his past behind, he decides to start working for the Hawlett Trucking company, which transports gravel. It's an aggressive company, where speed is everything. Doing too few runs in a day? You're out. Red is the most experienced trucker. He can do eighteen runs in a day. Tom soon makes friends with Lucy, the secretary, and Gino, a driver. But the record of Red intrigues him and he wants to break it. Gino advises against it, but he helps Tom when he wants to go through with it. Soon trouble begins when Red and the other drivers form a united front against Tom. Just when Tom has enough and decides to pack his bags, Lucy tells him Gino had a terrible accident. She also tells about the corruption of Hawlett Trucking. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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They Battled 10 Tons of Death-Defying Fury...For a Man-Hungry Redhead! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Drivers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although Stanley Baker had played major supporting roles in movies to great acclaim for several years, this was the first time he played the leading role in a movie. See more »

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When Tom and Red are reversing for position at the quarry to fill up with gravel, both their lorries have the same registration numbers. See more »

Quotes

C. 'Red' Redman, Foreman: I don't like yer' attitude. You've got a chip on your shoulder.
Tom Yately: You think so?
C. 'Red' Redman, Foreman: An' if I was to knock it off, your head might go with it.
Tom Yately: Well, I'm the last man to want to walk around without a head.
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"Don't you characters ever say Please..?"
22 January 2003 | by mikec32001See all my reviews

An oddball movie, a hybrid of (would be) Hollywood tough-guy melodrama and UK kitchen sink sensibility. And yes, starring Dr Who, The Prisoner, 007, Man from UNCLE and many more. Certainly the greatest cast of cult actors ever to appear together, well, ever. This movie is terrible and magnificent in equal measure. To me it is staggeringly watchable. The premise is seriously skewered yet endearing all the same: 1950s English truckdrivers behaving like 1850s American outlaws in a Never Never Land where trucks are allowed to habitually run at 80mph down country lanes without so much a peep from the plod.

McGoohan is a star turn here and Peggy Cummins makes for a surprisingly un-frigid lead (look, the UK film industry in the 1950s didn't do sexy -what do you mean Diana Dors? - proves my point!!). But the film belongs to Baker - brooding, smouldering, moral, vengeful, utterly magnificent. We don't make them like him, or like this any more.


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