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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

Writers:

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:

Black, bold and bloody mean! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

The art on the wall in Turner's apartment is a poster of "The Milkmaid" by Vermeer. In the bondsman's office is a poster of "Women on the Seashore" by Paul Gauguin. See more »

Goofs

The camera and operator are visible when Blue tries to open the door to his car after being shot in the back. 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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Alternate Versions

The original cut ended when Truck and Annie happily embraced in the car with her new kitten, but the theatrical version ended with a montage of the city and them driving down the freeway over the credits. Jonathan Kaplan admitted he hated what AIP did to the ending, but had no choice but to accept it. See more »

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Referenced in Ethnic Notions (1986) See more »

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Mac vs the mack pack.
23 August 2000 | by stephen nizSee all my reviews

Truck Turner is an ex-football star, built like a Mack truck. Fortunately his name IS Mac (though why they released it as BLACK BULLET in Australia is beyond me) which makes for a sensible nickname. There is practically nothing else remotely sensible thereon in, when Mac goes head-to-head with a bunch of no-good…well, macks (pimps).

It is a typically paradoxical blaxpolitation film. It serves as both a reminder why the genre were so enjoyable - brazen heroes and villains, loads of sexy chicks for each, a top soul soundtrack - and why it had to die eventually - the burden of uninspired cashing in, here there and everywhere.

BLACK BULLET is as b-grade as they come, and it's surprisingly nasty in places. With a similar cast and crew to the far-superior BLACK BELT JONES (a blaxploitation gem), you expect tongue in cheek, but by the time you've heard the world `bitch' a thousand times, it starts to lose its comic gleam.

But at the end of the day it's all in good fun. It's just a shame the modern gangstas didn't get the joke.


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