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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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Roaring Down the World's Deadliest Roads! 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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Patrick McGoohan (C. "Red" Redman) and Stanley Baker (Tom Yately) were both considered for the role of James Bond in Dr. No (1962) before Sir Sean Connery (Johnny Kates) was cast. See more »

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During the fight scene between Tom and Red, Red's cigarette drops from his mouth to the floor, but is back in his mouth in the next shot. See more »

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Lucy, Hawlett Trucking Secretary: You know, you've got a nasty habit...
Tom Yately: Yes, I've got lots of them. Which one are you talking about?
Lucy, Hawlett Trucking Secretary: I could like you, if only...
Tom Yately: Look, nobody's asking you to like me. You're Gino's girl.
Lucy, Hawlett Trucking Secretary: Ever thought of asking me that?
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Hell Bent
3 December 2002 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

This movie shows us a side of the English that most Americans are unfamiliar with. Down, dirty, gritty, and nasty. We see these traits more in ourselves than in our friends across the pond.

As an old trucker, I was practically hypnotized by this movie. If I were still driving it would give me nightmares. A trucking crew, at odds with themselves as well as the owner, practically cut each others throats to become top driver. It is a daily grind consisting of hauling loads of gravel back and forth from a gravel pit to a construction site, rolling over each other as well as everyone else on the road in the process.

It isn't the story that makes this film - it's the cast, action, and direction - in any order you like. Stanley Baker plays the new guy. An ex-con trying to make a new start. Patrick McGoohan plays his antagonist in a truly evil fashion. I thought back and cannot remember seeing Patrick McGoohan in any standout role other than a Columbo re-run. But he really hit the mark here. Probably before he became convinced he was the world's greatest actor. The rest would fill out the Rank Organisation's register. Gordon Jackson (from The Great Escape), Herbert Lom (from the Pink Panther series) as an Italian!, and Sean Connery (pre James Bond) with real hair!

I found myself watching this movie with my mouth open and wondering WHERE WERE THE COPS!


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