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Truck Turner (1974)

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Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player who becomes a bounty hunter in Los Angeles.

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Jonathan Kaplan

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Oscar Williams (screenplay), Michael Allin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isaac Hayes ... Mac 'Truck' Turner
Yaphet Kotto ... Harvard Blue
Alan Weeks Alan Weeks ... Jerry
Annazette Chase ... Annie
Nichelle Nichols ... Dorinda
Sam Laws ... Nate Dinwiddie
Paul Harris ... Richard Leroy 'Gator' Johnson
Charles Cyphers ... Drunk
John Kramer John Kramer ... Desmond
Scatman Crothers ... Duke
Dick Miller ... Fogarty
Jac Emel Jac Emel ... Reno (as Jac Emeil)
Stan Shaw ... Fontana
Wendell Tucker Wendell Tucker ... Wendell
Sonny Barnes Sonny Barnes ... Toro (as Clarence Barnes)
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Storyline

Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him, a chase ensues and Gator is killed. This makes Gator's woman, Dorinda, very angry and she puts a hit on Truck. The man who agrees to kill Truck is named Blue. The question is whether Truck can survive with Blue and his gang on his trail. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Taglines:

Skip tracer - but not the fuzz; he's tougher See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1975 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Truck See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,230,000, 31 December 1974
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scatman Crothers had to use cue cards on account of the fact that he had trouble remembering his lines. See more »

Goofs

When the camera is attached to Yaphet Kotto as he staggers around near the end of the movie the harness/rods attached to his shoulders are visible just at the base of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[Moments after he shot Reno dead, Truck and Annie head to Truck's apartment]
Annie: Truck, talk to me. Do you know him?
Truck Turner: I told ya, I don't know him.
Annie: Well, then why were they shooting at us?
Truck Turner: I don't know, but I'll find out. I'm gonna find out.
[Truck opens the door and, shocked, both he and Annie sees Harvard Blue on the couch cuddling Frances the cat. Annie screams and hides in front of Truck; Truck pulls out his revolver]
Truck Turner: [to Annie] Come on in. Come on, close the door.
[to Harvard]
Truck Turner: What do ya want, man?
Harvard Blue: ...
[...]
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A foul-mouthed, mean blaxploitation classic that pulls all the punches
18 August 2008 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Isaac Hayes is bail bondsman Truck Turner; he's a man's man, no he's a man's man's man. Charming with the ladies and mean with the baddies, "he's like a bulldog with eyes up his ass". For someone more famous for his funky and cool music, which also won him the Oscar for the score of Shaft, Hayes displays an abundance of natural charisma and screen presence that it's really a shame he didn't have more lead roles in his day. He was also considered for the role of Shaft but it ended up in Richard Roundtree's hands.

Truck Turner the movie is every bit the blaxploitation classic one should expect. Filled with hot rods, jive ass broads, pimps and crooks, superb dialogues in that outdated but always funny 70's genre lingo and enough slow motion gunfights to equal Sam Peckinpah, Truck Turner is a thrill a minute and one of the best the genre has to offer. It starts off as a buddy movie as Turner and his bail bondsman friend are trying to track down a pimp called Gator and before long it turns 180 degrees into a revenge movie to rival Coffy. There's a long chase sequence in the first act that ranks among the best of the decade: it has everything from cars chasing and crushing their way through anything to gunfights en route and ends with a good old bar fight. That's just one of the good parts of the movie, as it manages to work on all levels: the action is nice in that good old fashioned way, the dialogues are not just filler, the drama works when it has to and the comedic timing is spot on.

Eighteen days from the posting of this review Isaac Hayes passed away and heaven became a little funkier. We'll always have stuff like Truck Turner to remember and cherish him for. RIP man.


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