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Trucker (2008)

R | | Drama | 24 April 2008 (USA)
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A trucker, leading a life free of depth and on the way to nowhere, is forced to make a decision about her aggressive loner 11-year-old son whom she openly deserted ten years previously.

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James Mottern

Writer:

James Mottern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Monaghan ... Diane Ford
Nathan Fillion ... Runner
Benjamin Bratt ... Len Bonner
Joey Lauren Adams ... Jenny Bell
Jimmy Bennett ... Peter
Bryce Johnson ... Rick
Brandon Hanson ... Tom
Maya McLaughlin ... Molly
Ricky Ellison Ricky Ellison ... Robert
Matthew Lawrence ... Scott
Johnny Simmons ... Teenager #1 (as Jonnie Simmons)
Stephen Sowan ... Teenager #2
Dennis Hayden ... Trucker
Mika Boorem ... Young Woman
Franklin Dennis Jones ... Jonnie
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Storyline

Diane's free-wheeling life of drunken one-night-stands as a professional trucker hits a road block when Peter, her son, is dropped at her doorstep. Her former husband Len, whom she abandoned eleven years ago along with their new-born son, has cancer and no one else to turn to while he's in the hospital. Peter, resentful and wary, wants, even needs a mother who'll want him at this worrisome time but knows better than to expect this from Diane. With deliveries waiting and a mortgage to be paid, there's only one inevitable thing ahead for Diane and Peter - a road trip together. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some things in life you can't leave behind

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, language, brief drug use involving minors, and a sexual assault

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminhoneira See more »

Filming Locations:

Bloomington, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,298, 9 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,166, 17 January 2010
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tractor used is an International Eagle. See more »

Quotes

Diane Ford: Just keep on drinkin' that creamy drink there, Runner.
Runner: Well, it happens to be in a to-go cup, and I'm to-goin'.
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Referenced in Talking with Chris Hardwick: Michelle Monaghan (2017) See more »

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I Don't Want to Change Your Mind
Written by James Kalamasz, Danny Kirsic
Performed by The Wildlife Band
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You know exactly how this is going to play out but you're happy to catch the ride
6 February 2015 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

Great acting all around in this gritty indie drama, but especially from Michelle Monaghan who does a fantastic job as Diane Ford, a self-reliant trucker who is forced to give up her carefree lifestyle (of drunken one night stands) and take on the responsibility of caring for her 11-year-old son when his father ends up in the hospital.

You really want her character to succeed here which helped move the story along because the plot wasn't all that original. However in saying that I've never seen the estranged child reuniting with wayward parent done in quite this way before either.

All the characters here are damaged in one way or another and the story as a whole is somewhat heartbreaking. Nathan Fillion is always a treat to watch, he is just so likable and it was nice seeing him play a different sort of role. The boy who played the son was also kind of amazing. Benjamin Bratt was a surprise in a supporting role. Ultimately this made me want to hit the road. 03.13


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