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Violent Road (1958)

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


Howard W. Koch


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


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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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17,000 mile-an-hour thrills! Here's what goes into the rockets now going up! See more »


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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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A remake of "The Wages of Fear" with the social commentary removed.
22 May 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

One of the great French films of the 1950s was "The Wages of Fear". This tense movie was at heart an attack on capitalism....and this caused a predicament for American studios. They wanted to remake the film....after all the main plot is dynamite! But they didn't want to make the film an attack on capitalism. So, they came up with a ruse....the entire plot all rests on chemicals that are needed for the rocket industry and the rocket industry is needed to protect America. So, it's a film with patriotism and anti-communism in the American version...whereas the French could easily be seen as a pro-communist picture! Unfortunately, by changing the plot, the risk to the drivers' lives made less sense...as there SHOULD have been soldiers/cops along the route to ensure the safety of the drivers. They also should have checked the route thoroughly to make sure it was passable. They also should have thoroughly checked the drivers to be sure they weren't deranged--as one of them clearly is yet they let him drive the rocket fuel!

So, aside from being more illogical than "Wages of Fear", is the movie any good? Yes and no. The story is modestly engaging and the actors try their best...but much of the tension seems more muted and the flashbacks throughout the film seem like filler. Overall, an okay film remake of a much better movie.

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