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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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Julian Parker (as Barry Levy)
Jackson Warris ...
Alan - Age 6
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Alan - Age 12 (as Jeff Ballard)
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Mr. Clarkson
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Grim Reaper
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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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Horror | Thriller

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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

When Alan asks his mother how his father died, she says he was hit by a car while walking along side the road (while on his way to get gas for his car). On June 19, 1999, Stephen King was struck (and almost killed) while walking along Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. See more »

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As Alan Parker is heading to Lewiston, ME, he is seen walking past a sign indicating the junction of US Routes 2 & 68. US Route 68 runs for 560 miles between Reidland, KY and Findlay, OH. The closest it comes to Lewiston is 714 miles. See more »

Quotes

Archie Howard: Little Hector Passmore over here passed out as soon as he saw a little blood in the water.
Hector Passmore: stuttering, is embarrassed: I, I didn't pass out. I just felt a little woozy is all. I'm a pacifist man. I don't dig the sight of spilled blood.
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FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

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Featured in Shooting the Bullet (2005) 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
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Well acted twist on the typical King formula
24 March 2006 | by See 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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