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Big Driver (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 18 October 2014
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A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after a brutal attack.

Director:

Mikael Salomon

Writers:

Stephen King (story), Richard Christian Matheson (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Bello ... Tess Thorne
Ann Dowd ... Ramona Norvell
Will Harris ... Lester
Joan Jett ... Betsy Neal
Olympia Dukakis ... Doreen
Jennifer Kydd Jennifer Kydd ... Patsy
Andre Myette Andre Myette ... Lester's Brother
Juanita Peters Juanita Peters ... Molly
Mary-Colin Chisholm ... Janine
Kim Parkhill Kim Parkhill ... Leslie
Deborah Allen Deborah Allen ... Doris
Tara Nicodemo ... Lady Cop
Roland Marko Simmonds Roland Marko Simmonds ... Cop
Mike Taylor Mike Taylor ... Limo Driver
Lee J. Campbell Lee J. Campbell ... Gun Store Owner
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Driving home along a generally unused country road following a speaking engagement, famed mystery novelist Tess Thorne experiences a flat tire on her car. She accepts the help of who she believes is a good Samaritan who stops to help her, but who instead rapes her, leaving her submerged in shallow water in a drainage pipe as dead. She found out that he actually orchestrated her getting the flat tire just moments before the rape. Alive, she, in shock, is able to make her way home, but she does not go to the hospital, dealing with her wounds herself, does not call the police, or tell any of her friends or acquaintances how she sustained her obvious injuries. Once the issue of what happened to her settles into herself, she decides to use her skills as an investigative writer to find out the reason behind what happened - if she was a random or targeted victim - and especially if the latter, how best to use that information to her advantage. Using her stories' grandmotherly heroine, Doreen... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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HBO Films,Ostar Productions See more »
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16:9 HD
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The second film Maria Bello played in a Stephen King adaptation, the first being Secret Window (2004). See more »

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Ramona Norvell: [showing her true collars] You're a crappy writer... and a crappy guest speaker
Tess Thorne: [disgusted] You said you like my work?
Ramona Norvell: I lied those old ladies there a joke. I always knew my son would be something special. You were perfect for him, should've killed you I don't know what you thinking coming here but this is what you get
[the gun clicks]
Tess Thorne: [after overpowering and stabbing her] First rule of gun ownership... always keep the first chamber empty... it leads to people accidentally shooting themselves. You ...
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A satisfying revenge movie with twists and turns
19 October 2014 | by hawktwoSee all my reviews

This has the creepy overtones of a Stephen King story and the movie does a very good job of delivering on the story.

On the surface we see a successful author of lightweight mysteries, visiting her fans, and enjoying their adulation.

Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, she has a childhood trauma that has given her some unique coping abilities that she has used to be successful.

When trauma hits once again, she copes because she has a genius ability to compartmentalize everything.

At times, I wondered if this was going to be a rehash of Misery or perhaps another take on The Burning Bed.

The movie successfully mixes the seriousness of a near death with lighthearted satire.


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