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Hell Drivers (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 26 July 1957 (UK)
Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss' rackets.

Director:

Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield)

Writers:

John Kruse (screenplay), Cy Endfield (screenplay) (as C. Raker Endfield) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baker ... Tom Yately
Herbert Lom ... Gino Rossi
Peggy Cummins ... Lucy
Patrick McGoohan ... C. 'Red' Redman
William Hartnell ... Cartley
Wilfrid Lawson ... Ed
Sidney James ... Dusty
Jill Ireland ... Jill
Alfie Bass ... Tinker
Gordon Jackson ... Scottie
David McCallum ... Jimmy Yately
Sean Connery ... Johnny Kates
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Pop
George Murcell ... Tub
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Ma West
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Storyline

Joe "Tom" Yateley is an ex-convict. Trying to leave his past behind, he decides to start working for the Hawlett Trucking company, which transports gravel. It's an aggressive company, where speed is everything. Doing too few runs in a day? You're out. Red is the most experienced trucker. He can do eighteen runs in a day. Tom soon makes friends with Lucy, the secretary, and Gino, a driver. But the record of Red intrigues him and he wants to break it. Gino advises against it, but he helps Tom when he wants to go through with it. Soon trouble begins when Red and the other drivers form a united front against Tom. Just when Tom has enough and decides to pack his bags, Lucy tells him Gino had a terrible accident. She also tells about the corruption of Hawlett Trucking. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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Taglines:

Roaring Down the World's Deadliest Roads! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Drivers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Six of the actors who played supporting roles in this movie became well known in the 1960s for their roles in movies and on television: Sir Sean Connery (Dr. No (1962) and five of its sequels), Patrick McGoohan (Danger Man (1960), Secret Agent (1964), and The Prisoner (1967)), William Hartnell (Doctor Who (1963)), David McCallum (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)), Sidney James (the "Carry On" movies), and Herbert Lom (A Shot in the Dark (1964) and its sequels). See more »

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Tom Yateley (Stanley Baker) wears the same shirt throughout the duration of the film, regardless of whether he is driving or going out socially. See more »

Quotes

C. 'Red' Redman, Foreman: I don't like yer' attitude. You've got a chip on your shoulder.
Tom Yately: You think so?
C. 'Red' Redman, Foreman: An' if I was to knock it off, your head might go with it.
Tom Yately: Well, I'm the last man to want to walk around without a head.
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A wonderful period piece
17 March 2007 | by FrobnitzSee all my reviews

This film is a remarkably unsentimental look at life for the less fortunate in post-war Britain. There are no tour-de-force performances, but this is not a film that demands them. A group of down on their luck men, finding work, love and friendship where they can, do what they have to do to earn enough money to keep them from crime (more or less), particularly when faced by venal employers who cheat and lie to them daily. There is no union for these men, no legal recourse, no Health and Safety Executive, they have nothing except themselves and the tenuous camaraderie they forge in the down and out bed and breakfasts they have to live in. Driving trucks to ferry gravel from a quarry to a building site, they cut every corner and take their own, and every other road user's, life in their hands as they struggle to get that one more run, that might get them one more pint in the pub. A veritable "who's going to be who" of British actors - Sean Connery, David McCallum, Herbert Lom (okay, Czech, but work with me...), William Hartnell (far from the lovable Dr Who), Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan and Sid James (in a rare straight role) all grimly play men on edge pushed to their limits - and sometimes beyond.

Oh yes - until 1965, there were no speed limits on British roads outside urban areas, which in some respects explains the lack of police.


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