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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

George Staub: Nice to meet you, Hector. I'm George. George Staub.
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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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I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
Written by Nancie Mantz and Annette Tucker
Performed by The Electric Prunes
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By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Well acted twist on the typical King formula
24 March 2006 | by VampenguinSee all my reviews

I've read plenty of mixed reviews on this one, and tonight I finally got around to watching it myself. Definitely a very strange movie, but certainly not in a bad way. Maybe it's just me, but Jonathan Jackson reminded me of a younger Johnny Depp, which is by no means an insult. This is the only film I've seen him in, but if this film is any indication of his other work, I must say he's a pretty fine actor. To be honest, the whole cast did a great job in my opinion. The plot was typical King fare, though it did have it's little tweaks to the formula which I enjoyed. Some scenes seemed to drag on forever, but overall this was a fairy fast-paced film. I think it would have fit in very well in another Creepshow sequel if it was a tad shorter, seemed the kid of story that would fit. The message was good, and I really like the ending. Easily one of the best horror films of the last few years.

8.5/10

EDIT - It's been the better part of a year since I wrote this review, and today I just happened to re-read it. Though I obviously really enjoyed the movie when I watched it, it really has no staying power. I mentioned how "I really like the ending", but today I couldn't tell you how it ended if I wanted to. This was an enjoyable fim (I guess), but it really wasn't very memorable.


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