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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

Gross USA:

$134,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$264,505
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nurse Annie Wilkes who cares for Mrs. Parker is also the name of the antagonist in the Stephen King novel Misery. See more »

Goofs

Alan's "inner voice" says, "You are not going to Toronto with Cheech & Chong here while your mom's lying in a hospital...." The story is set in 1969, when Cheech & Chong were still unknown comics working in Canada. Their first album wouldn't come out till 1972. See more »

Quotes

Hippie Guy: You know, my mom died in the hospital. Heavy shit. She had lung cancer and she weighed like 75 pounds when she died.
Alan Parker: [inner voice] Thanks for sharing that, asshole. I feel much better now.
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Crazy Credits

FOR MOM, DAD, and CRAIG. See more »

Connections

References Misery (1990) 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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Not the greatest ride...
24 January 2005 | by kiliansabreSee all my reviews

I am actually surprised to see this movie has gotten as high a rating as it has, as honestly it doesn't deserve it. Unless you are a die hard King fan this probably won't hold much appeal to you. The almost-horror premise involves a young man's trip to visit his mother who has been hospitalized from a stroke. Along the way he comes to terms with his past and current fears involving death in an almost 'Chistmas Carol' like way. The main flaw with the movie is that it may have a good theme about the value of life, but the 'fantasies' that the lead lives in lend a horror aspect that is mostly conveyed as trite and forced. The acting and effects were convincing enough for what it is (though much of the effects that are supposed to scare us involve menacing conversation), but overall it was too uneven to really deliver either a decent horror or a good coming to terms movie. A good choice for a Sunday night when nothing else is on.


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