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Truck Turner (1974) Poster

(1974)

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Originally developed as a film for Robert Mitchum. After Mitchum, James Coburn was attached to star- but that fell through as well. Having already invested in the script, American International Pictures decided to turn it into an "urban picture" and cast a black actor. Dick Anthony Williams, best know for his work in The Mack (1973) and Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) was initially cast, but was quickly replaced by Isaac Hayes, who wanted to get into acting. It was also felt that Hayes was a bigger name draw than Williams.
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This film was Nichelle Nichols only entry into the blaxploitation genre. She declined all offers for other blaxploitation films only to concentrate on the science-fiction convention appearances--especially "Star Trek" conventions--and later as a recruiter for NASA.
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Scatman Crothers had to use cue cards on account of the fact that he had trouble remembering his lines.
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Yaphet Kotto only agreed to play Harvard Blue because he was going through a divorce at the time and needed the money.
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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.
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The orange convertible seen during the pimpmobile procession is a Dodge Super Charger concept car (using a 1968 Charger as the base vehicle--it is seen with a nose cone similar to the 1970 Charger Daytona).
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Stan Shaw's debut cinematic appearance.
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Dick Miller wore his own pink jacket.
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Isaac Hayes and his band played the entire score for director Jonathan Kaplan at Hayes's home.
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The site of the Brownleigh Apartments where Truck resided, at 626 St. Paul Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, is now part of the Píero Apartments at 616 St. Paul Avenue.
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