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Hard Shoulder (2012)

Carl Foster takes off on a well-deserved weekend break with his family knowing only too well that focus on work has impacted his relationship with his wife, young son, and teenage ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Jamie Foreman ... Dog
Wil Johnson ... Carl Foster
Jon Campling ... Diggs
Angela Dixon ... Maddie Foster
James Fisher ... Herschel
Frances Speedie Frances Speedie ... Chloe Foster
Lucy Drive Lucy Drive ... Mamon
Jill Greenacre Jill Greenacre ... Bones
Callum Anderson Callum Anderson ... Lucas Foster
Gabriel Lee Gabriel Lee ... Lupo
Michael Fox Michael Fox ... Clown Prince
Arti Shah ... Little Lady
Eryl Lloyd Parry Eryl Lloyd Parry ... Old Man
Greg Tanner Greg Tanner ... Carnie King


Carl Foster takes off on a well-deserved weekend break with his family knowing only too well that focus on work has impacted his relationship with his wife, young son, and teenage step-daughter. But after a short but restful break in the journey Carl awakens to find himself tied and bound in an old roadside diner, his family trussed and gagged next to him, and a disparate group of dirty, dishevelled, vagrant-like undesirables keeping them captive. Only time will reveal who they are and what they want, but things are not everything they might seem. Written by Nicky Dee

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diner | carnival | road trip | terror | See All (4) »


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Release Date:

25 July 2014 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

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£275,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The big car stunt was a one-attempt setup and shot on 5 x cameras, one of which was HD, the rest being 35mm ( 1 x RED, 2 x 435's at 120 fps, 1 x Panavision G2, and 1 x Panavision Millennium). There were no backup vehicles prepared - budgetary exclusions - and no alternative script element if it didn't work. See more »


Diggs: Coked out of his brain, armalite blazing - fuck good, that film was the nads!
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Written by Taylor/Allsop
Performed by Stoneleaf
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18 July 2012 | by hantslassSee all my reviews

Having seen the screener for hard shoulder my first reaction was....run it again...right now! I wasn't sure to expect from a relatively low budget movie by a rookie but I was mesmerised from start to finish. What, on the face of it, appears to be a psychological thriller/horror/fantasy type film, actually runs far deeper and is so cleverly written that even those looking out for it will feel they have missed some of the pieces of the puzzle. As a professional psychotherapist, I found the story line and portrayal insightful and accurate. As a film lover, I found it thrilling, captivating, even shocking in places. Talking to some of the cast after the screening, I was touched by the loyalty each and everyone had for the writer, director and producer, Nicholas David lean. It would seem that they admire his talent and creativity but also hold him in high esteem for his integrity and dedication to the profession. One actress said to me that she had never realised just how many layers where involved in the film, even though she'd played a main character! If you love psychology, horror, characters, some of the actors or just a brilliant film that leaves you wanting more, Hard Shoulder is a must- see.

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