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Riding the Bullet (2004)

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When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret.

Director:

Mick Garris

Writers:

Mick Garris (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Jackson ... Alan Parker
David Arquette ... George Staub
Cliff Robertson ... Farmer
Barbara Hershey ... Jean Parker
Erika Christensen ... Jessica Hadley
Barry W. Levy ... Julian Parker (as Barry Levy)
Jackson Warris Jackson Warris ... Alan - Age 6
Jeffrey Ballard ... Alan - Age 12 (as Jeff Ballard)
Peter LaCroix ... Mature Alan
Chris Gauthier ... Hector Passmore
Robin Nielsen Robin Nielsen ... Archie Howard
Matt Frewer ... Mr. Clarkson
Simon Webb ... Grim Reaper
Keith Dallas Keith Dallas ... Orderly
Danielle Dunn-Morris Danielle Dunn-Morris ... Mrs. Janey McCurdy
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Storyline

A young man hitchhiking back home to visit his mother is picked up by a mysterious stranger. As the ride goes on, the young man uncovers a terrible secret about the stranger, and is given a choice by the stranger. A choice that can mean life or death. Written by Sarah

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Taglines:

The dead travel fast

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2005 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,107, 17 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,107, 17 October 2004
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the short story, George Staub's car was a Ford Mustang. The filmmakers decided to go with a red and white Plymouth as a nod to Stephen King's Christine. However Christine was a 1958 Plymouth Fury and George's car was a 1960 Plymouth Fury. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Alan waits for the train to go past, there are "double stack" inter-modal cars on the train as well as an "End-of-Train-Unit" or "SBU" (Sense and Braking Unit, which replaced the cabooses). Both of these things came into use in the 1980s and this movie is supposed to take place in 1969. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Shustek: I'm not going to lie to you, son: Your mother's a vegetable. She's fucked... And so are you.
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

Connections

Edited into Shooting the Bullet (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Incense And Peppermints
Written by John Carter and Tim Gilbert
Performed by The Strawberry Alarm Clock (as Strawberry Alarm Clock)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not the greatest ride...
24 January 2005 | by Kilian SabreSee all my reviews

I am actually surprised to see this movie has gotten as high a rating as it has, as honestly it doesn't deserve it. Unless you are a die hard King fan this probably won't hold much appeal to you. The almost-horror premise involves a young man's trip to visit his mother who has been hospitalized from a stroke. Along the way he comes to terms with his past and current fears involving death in an almost 'Chistmas Carol' like way. The main flaw with the movie is that it may have a good theme about the value of life, but the 'fantasies' that the lead lives in lend a horror aspect that is mostly conveyed as trite and forced. The acting and effects were convincing enough for what it is (though much of the effects that are supposed to scare us involve menacing conversation), but overall it was too uneven to really deliver either a decent horror or a good coming to terms movie. A good choice for a Sunday night when nothing else is on.


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