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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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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

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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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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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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 »

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

Quotes

Alan Parker: [Alan's inner me] Happy birthday.
Alan Parker: Yeah. Happy birthday to me.
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FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

Connections

References Leave It to Beaver (1997) See more »

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Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Part 1)
Written and Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This is Your Red Herring on Drugs
30 September 2006 | by See 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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