When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchhike 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 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 ... 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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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 »

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Trivia

The old red car with the white top is supposed to be a 1958 Plymouth Fury - the same make and model as Christine (1983). See more »

Goofs

The Hell's Gate ride wasn't in production in 1969. The earliest models didn't appear widely until the 80s. See more »

Quotes

[Repeated line]
Alan Parker: Fun is fun. And done is done.
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

Connections

Features The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Time Of The Season
Written by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
Courtesy of Marquis Enterprises Ltd.
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This is Your Red Herring on Drugs
30 September 2006 | by PDXozonerSee all my reviews

This is not one of the worse adaptations of Stephen King's work, but it's another one that makes the successful ones (De Palma's "Carrie," Reiner's "Stand by Me," and Kubrick's "The Shining" come immediately to mind) seem all the more remarkable. Jonathan Jackson does a fine job of playing a self-absorbed and death-fixated jerk. David Arquette does a fine job of playing a weirdo, which I know comes as a shock, but this one is threatening. It's nice to see Barbara Hershey and Cliff Robertson working, but the film is an incoherent, drug-trippy, red-herring-loaded road movie in which each succeeding segment and flashback builds to a huge.... mind-numbing yawn. If you fast-forward to long segments you may miss some details but in the end, you won't care.


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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

Gross USA:

$134,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$264,505
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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