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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:

Black, bold and bloody mean! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Yaphet Kotto only agreed to play Harvard Blue because he was going through a divorce at the time and needed the money. 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

Harvard Blue: Be cool, pussy.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema release was cut for an 'X' certificate to remove a man being kneed in the groin and a shot of Truck pushing a gun into a guard's buttocks. All later releases were uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) See more »

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Isaac Hayes - King Of Cool

A fan of 70s Blaxploitation cinema, I've had "Truck Turner" of 1974 sitting on my DVD shelf for some time now, always eager to watch it, and the recent death of Isaac Hayes (R.I.P. big man) was reason enough to finally do so. And I was not disappointed. Isaac Hayes is probably most prominent in Blaxploitation cinema for composing and performing the theme song for the sub-genre's most famous film, Gordon Parks' "Shaft" of 1971, and he also starred as the super-tough and super-cool eponymous hero in a flick that ranges among the most entertaining of its kind - namely this, "Truck Turner". The bald and bearded Mac 'Truck' Turner is a former football player turned bounty hunter and Hayes is supremely bad-ass in the role. Inbetween crime-busting and drinking sessions with his colleague Jerry (Alan Weeks), Truck, who sleeps with his holster on and whose mere name makes the bad guys shake in fear, pays visits to his sexy girlfriend who tends to get jailed for her quick temper...

The film basically has everything good blaxploitation cinema needs: A super-tough bad-ass of a hero as you will only see them in 70s cinema, a cool sidekick, eccentric villains, violent shootouts, funky music, delightfully vulgar slang dialogue including many unforgettable lines and, last but definitely not least, dozens of sexy and dangerous women. None other than Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols plays the beautiful and lethal crime-madame and prostitution-mastermind Dorinda, and Yaphet Kotto (Alien) makes a perfect crime-boss in his role of Harvard Blue. Alan Weeks makes a good sidekick for Truck Turner and beautiful Annazette Chase fits greatly in the role of Truck's girlfriend. Isaac Hayes himself is great, simply the definition of Bad-Ass in his role. Every line he says is the epitome of coolness, and so is everything he does. The funky theme-song, which was, of course, composed and sung by Hayes himself, is great and contributes a lot to the unique blaxploitation feeling. The film furthermore profits from great camera work - Truck blows them baddies away from some very cool angles. All in all, "Truck Turner" should not be missed by a fan of 70s Exploitation cinema. Highly Recommended!


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