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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.

Director:

Mick Garris

Writers:

Mick Garris (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Jackson ... Alan Parker
David Arquette ... George Staub
Cliff Robertson ... Farmer
Barbara Hershey ... Jean Parker
Erika Christensen ... Jessica Hadley
Barry W. Levy ... Julian Parker (as Barry Levy)
Jackson Warris Jackson Warris ... Alan - Age 6
Jeffrey Ballard ... Alan - Age 12 (as Jeff Ballard)
Peter LaCroix ... Mature Alan
Chris Gauthier ... Hector Passmore
Robin Nielsen Robin Nielsen ... Archie Howard
Matt Frewer ... Mr. Clarkson
Simon Webb ... Grim Reaper
Keith Dallas Keith Dallas ... Orderly
Danielle Dunn-Morris Danielle Dunn-Morris ... Mrs. Janey McCurdy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The dead travel fast

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2005 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The old red car with the white top is supposed to be a 1958 Plymouth Fury - the same make and model as Christine (1983). See more »

Goofs

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

Alan Parker: My mom's a mother for peace.
Hippie Guy: Oh that's cool. Hey, were you in the service?
Alan Parker: No. Student deferment. You?
Hippie Guy: Oh, fuck no man. They tried to drag my ass to Vietnam, but I ain't going down there man. I'm not going to go get killed, you know, I dig life. Give peace a chance, right?
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

Connections

Edited into Shooting the Bullet (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Pushin' Too Hard
Written by Sky Saxon
Performed by The Seeds
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A Fun, Entertaining Mindjob
30 March 2006 | by Crannicus_MaximusSee all my reviews

Not being a big King fan, I don't think I could've asked for more. I've seen IT, I've struggled through the long run of "The Stand", but it is this film which stands out more than any of the other adaptations of Stephen King's work.

A chilling narrative of a man traveling across country in the 70s, Riding the Bullet succeeds where many other movies have failed by presenting a personal conflict, that is, one which exists within the main character's mind.

I don't think I could've asked for a much better acting job from any of the cast, either.

8/10.


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