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Truck Turner
Truck Turner
Actors: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase, Nichelle Nichols
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Cult Movies, Sports, African American Cinema
R     2001     1hr 31min

Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* Isaac Hayes and Yaphet Kotto (Alien) star in this powerful, pull-out-the-stops crime thriller from director Jonathan Kaplan (Unlawful Entry). It's a gritty, action-packed tale of the streets, puls...  more »


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Actors: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase, Nichelle Nichols
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Creators: Fred Weintraub, Marty Hornstein, Paul M. Heller, Jerry Wilkes, Leigh Chapman, Michael Allin, Oscar Williams
Genres: Action & Adventure, Cult Movies, Sports, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Blaxploitation, Basketball, Football (American), African American Cinema
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/09/2001
Original Release Date: 04/19/1974
Theatrical Release Date: 04/19/1974
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

Hassan Patterson | Rockledge, FL USA | 10/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Truck Turner caught me off guard, I thought I was in for just another Shaft/Super Fly type of movie but man was I mistaken! Good action, seasoned actors and a good plot along with Isaac's commanding performance makes this an awesome flick! I highly recommend the sound track also, can u dig it?"
Truck turns em' out - dig it!
B-MAN | Earth, occasionally. Until I get bored. | 04/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Isaac Hayes plays an ex football star turned bounty hunter named Mac "Truck" Turner. After he and his partner kill a violent pimp named "Gator", all the pimps get together and a contract is put out on Truck by none other than Gator's woman (Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols). When all the little fish fail to kill Truck, the biggest pimp of them all, Harvard Blue (Homicide's Yaphet Kotto) makes an offer to have it done but for a big price. Does he succeed? What do you think? Director Johnathan Kaplan's (Unlawful Entry) "Truck Turner" is a great part of the blaxploitation genre and of action films in general. Isaac Hayes makes a great action hero and I wish he had made more films like this. Isaac and his band also provide for one of the funkiest soundtracks ever, maybe more funky than the one he composed for "Shaft". The film is exciting from beginning to end and Truck finds time to romance his lady and to make some jokes in between. One of the funniest scenes is when Truck and his partner go to pick up a prisoner from a military base and they have to break through the check point. When the security guards start shooting at Truck's car, he hopes they shoot his left tire out because he needs a new one real bad. Guess what, not only do they shoot the left tire out but they have to put the new one on for him! The rest of the time you will be laughing when you hear all the words that Nichelle Nichols has learned since she was Lt. Uhura on Star Trek! *Also recommended with Isaac Hayes: Escape From New York (1981) and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) and if you can find it, Three Tough Guys (1974) which also stars Fred "Black Caesar" Williamson"
One of the best of its genre
Joseph L. Salamone Jr. | 07/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you have a sense of humor, and you must if you like Blaxploitation flicks, this is one of the most enjoyable. Invite some friends and have a big laugh...The pimp outfits are to die for...."
One of the best action movies ever made
Stan Sansevero | 11/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here's a screenplay that should be studied in film school. Seriously. It starts out with a bang and holds your interest for a slammin' first act. Then, just when you're sayin' to yourself, "OK, this is fun, but where the hell is it going?" the movie makes a 180-degree turn at the 30-minute mark and totally peels out into something you've never seen before. One of the few instances where 3 writers on an action movie is actually a GOOD thing (especially since one of them is Michael Allin, who wrote ENTER THE DRAGON, and another is Oscar Williams, who gave us THE FINAL COMEDOWN and BLACK BELT JONES). Brilliantly directed by Jonathan Kaplan. Solid supporting performances from Alan Weeks, Nichelle Nichols, Dick Miller, Stan Shaw, Stymie Beard from the Little Rascals, and especially Sam Laws, who always turns up as a character named "Dinwiddie" in Kaplan's early films (see also THE STUDENT TEACHERS, THE SLAMS, and WHITE LINE FEVER). Special mention should also go to Yaphet Kotto, who one year earlier had claimed that his role in LIVE AND LET DIE was racist, but apparently thought nothing of collecting a paycheck here by playing a murderous pimp (or, even worse, two years later in DRUM, where he portrayed a slave who is stripped nude, hung upside down, and asswhipped to a bloody pulp). Also, you gotta love any movie featuring an Italian hitman named "Joe Dante" (Kaplan and future GREMLINS director Joe Dante were both working for Roger Corman at the time this movie was produced. I think WHITE LINE FEVER also features a character named Joe Dante). Last but not least, the score by Isaac Hayes is amazing. If you can find the double-CD (paired with his equally great THREE TOUGH GUYS soundtrack), grab it! I play it all the time, and it's always being sampled by hip hop performers. Definitely check this sucker out."