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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan Parker
... George Staub
... Farmer
... Jean Parker
... Jessica Hadley
... Julian Parker (as Barry Levy)
Jackson Warris ... Alan - Age 6
... Alan - Age 12 (as Jeff Ballard)
... Mature Alan
... Hector Passmore
Robin Nielsen ... Archie Howard
... Mr. Clarkson
... Grim Reaper
... Orderly
Danielle Dunn-Morris ... Mrs. Janey McCurdy
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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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The dead travel fast

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

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3 February 2005 (Portugal)  »

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Stephen King's Riding the Bullet  »

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$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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The last line of the film, 'We all shine on', is taken from the song, "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)", written by John Lennon. See more »

Goofs

Obvious "stun" car: the car that explodes is a 1959 Plymouth, not a 1960 as it is in the rest of the film. See more »

Quotes

[Repeated line]
Alan Parker: Fun is fun. And done is done.
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FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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Get Together
Written by Chet Powers (as Chester Powers Jr.)
Performed by The Youngbloods
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S.K., you have enough money, please stop them from making more movie adaptations
5 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm a Stephen King fan. Not a die-hard fan, I read his late works more out of respect than enjoyment, but I must admit he can weave a storyline when he wants to.

That's why I always cringe when I hear there is another King adaptation. It's always a very ugly experience for me. Not only am I barely standing watching it, I am also embarrassed that I actually liked the very story the usually atrocious movie is based on.

So here comes "Riding the bullet", the movie based on a story I rather enjoyed. I wasn't even expecting it, a friend brought it from a video store for the bunch of us to watch.

Need I continue? Again, since my friends know I have S.K. book collection and had read and liked the story, the experience was as close to embarrassment as walking in naked on grandma's 90th birthday. I found myself constantly explaining that "this was not in the book" and almost apologizing for how bad it was.

Why was it so bad? Where should I start? The main character in the book was a normal kid, a guy you can identify with. In the movie he is a death-obsessed freak who regularly talks with himself. But not the usual way, mind you, his other self makes a habit of walking up to him and disappearing in puff of smoke. Basically the whole introduction - which is, of course, "not in the book" - serves only to make him more dislikable. He likes to draw monsters and has hallucinations of shoddy Death creature with heavy-metal background music (oh, the movie is set in 1969 by the way, so good choice with the score, guys!). He whines and self-pities himself and is basically a jerk. But we're stuck with him for 2 hours, oh joy and happiness.

So, anyway, this moaning creep's mother gets sick and he goes on a trip to see her. On this trip a bunch of animals get roadkilled, he talks to himself and some other non-existing folks a lot and at some time David Arquette turns up and pretends he is scary. By the end, I was just waiting for the torture to be over. And it was a long wait.

I tried reading the story again yesterday. I couldn't. The whining freak permanently replaced the original guy. And boy, do I want to forget that face.

Thanks a lot guys. And please make more King adaptations, I can't wait.


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