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Hell Drivers (1957)

Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss's 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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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 18 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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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 films to great acclaim for several years, this was the first time he played the lead role in a movie. See more »

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On Tom's first day when Red is overtaking the convoy, his POV is obviously shot from a lower vehicle than the truck it's meant to be. 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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star studded and eminently watchable
20 November 2004 | by herbertanchovySee all my reviews

Although the film belongs to Baker and mcgoohan there are plenty of other famous faces to spot. yes, sid james only ever played one character in all his films- that of sid james- but its an interesting romp nonetheless. I have it on good authority it was filmed around Stanwell moor, west London, and the trucks are "kew" dodges. something no-one has picked up on is that the sequences showing the trucks traveling at speed are obviously speeded up, these old motors were incapable of exceeding 45 mph, even more so carrying 10 tons o gravel (they were only 7 ton design weight) The plot is believable though, the practice of paying drivers "per trip" was and still is a common practice, especially in the tipper sector (obviously to encourage more runs) I know, I worked for a firm remarkably similar to Hawletts. someone has commented on the "coincidence" that all the drivers sleep at the same lodgings- this too was common in the 50's, before the advent of sleeper cabs, drivers would simply find "digs" for the night. also fewer people had their own car in those days, so wouldn't it make sense to sleep close to the job? Made on a small budget in an era where you would need to watch your Ps and Qs and also tone down any scenes of violence, its a classic in my opinion. In those days you'd actually probably be very grateful to be behind one of these wagons, the speed limit for trucks was only 20mph back then!


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