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Violent Road (1958)

Unrated | | Adventure, Drama | 10 May 1958 (USA)
Truck drivers take cargo of explosives over bumpy mountain road.

Director:

Howard W. Koch

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau), Don Martin (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brian Keith ... Mitch Barton
Dick Foran ... Frank 'Sarge' Miller
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... George Lawrence
Merry Anders ... Carrie - The Girl in the Convertible
Sean Garrison ... Ken Farley
Joanna Barnes ... Peg Lawrence
Perry Lopez ... Manuelo
Arthur Batanides ... Ben
Ed Prentiss ... Mr. Nelson
Ann Doran ... Edith Miller
John Dennis ... Pat Farley
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Truck drivers take cargo of explosives over bumpy mountain road.

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... to ride the load he rode you had to be more than a man! See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell's Highway See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The rocket launch at the beginning of the movie is a Viking rocket. According to "The Viking Rocket Story" by Rosen, a static test, where the rocket engine is fired but the rocket remains on the pad, went bad when the Viking rocket left the launch pad completely out of control. Housing for the families of the workers were close enough to be within range. Luckily the rocket landed in the desert and did not hurt anyone. See more »

Goofs

When Frank tightened the valve to prevent the corrosive liquid from leaking out, he uses his bare hand which leads to severe burning, rather than simply using his shirt or scarf for protection. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Nelson: For your information, Barton, I called Walker long-distance. Just the mention of your name shot his blood pressure up twenty points.
Mitch Barton: Well he probably figured it was a collect call!
Mr. Nelson: He said you're reckless, defiant, have no respect for traffic regulations or people.
Mitch Barton: I like women; dogs; cats. Some cats.
Mr. Nelson: Walker said I'd have to be crazy if I ever hired you.
Mitch Barton: You bring me up here to tell me that? Why don't you call up your psychiatrist?
Mr. Nelson: I already did, Barton.
Mitch Barton: So what did he say?
Mr. Nelson: He said to call him ...
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Soundtracks

Breezing Along With The Breeze
by Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons (as Seymour B. Simons) and Richard A. Whiting (ASCAP)
Marlong Music Corp./Remick Music Corp.
Sung by Sean Garrison
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Danger and tension as truckers haul volatile rocket fuel across desert terrain.
16 March 1999 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

Brian Keith, with his patented wry and cynical wit, is perfectly cast to lead the heavy truck convoy of desperate men hauling explosive cargo in a race against time. This is a plot similar to "The Wages Of Fear (1954) and "Sorcerer" (1975), so it couldn't help but be a nailbiter if done well...and it is. But the script resists the temptation to lay down wall-to-wall action in favor of good character development through flashbacks, a well-used device but an effective one. Leith Stevens provides a good music score, even accompanying a trucker as he drives along singing "Breezin' Along With The Breeze" (before the inevitable problems begin, naturally). Violent Road was filmed near Lone Pine, California, with plenty of shots of crumbling cliffs, laboring diesel engines, spinning tires...all the neat stuff that cinema-action fans like, but with enough celluloid devoted to getting us to know the men behind the steering wheels and why they wanted the job to begin with. Recommended for all.


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