Truck Turner

1974

Jonathan Kaplan
Director
American International Pictures
Studio

Tale of a bounty hunter in L.A. and his pursuit of a vicious pimp, and then the maddened pimp's main bitch.

My favorite soundtrack of the blaxploitation genre. "Pursuit of the Pimpmobile" makes a great track for cruising. Not the best film of that genre, though, let down by a progressively ludicrous ending in which Yaphet Kotto both overacts and milks his death scene for all it's worth. Only other real letdown, besides an unnecessary bit of animal cruelty, is Annazette Chase's shrill, one note performance, which stands out even in a film that's basically a cartoon. The real standout, though, is Nichelle Nichols, whose performance as the nasty Dorinda could give an unprepared Trekkie a coronary. That pimp funeral, though!

-Dave W.


Truck Turner
19th April 1974
Cinema



91 mins
1.85:1

Truck Turner
13th November 2001
DVD




1.85:1




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Isaac Hayes
Matt 'Truck' Turner
Yaphet Kotto
Harvard Blue
Alan Weeks
Jerry
Annazette Chase
Annie
Nichelle Nichols
Dorinda
Sam Laws
Nate Dinwiddie
Paul Harris
Richard Leroy 'Gator' Johnson
Charles Cyphers
Drunk
John Kramer
Desmond
Scatman Crothers
Duke
Dick Miller
Fogarty
Bob Harris
Snow
Jac Emel
Reno
(as Jac Emeil)
Stan Shaw
Fontana
Wendell Tucker
Wendell
Sonny Barnes
Toro
(as Clarence Barnes)
Don Watters
Val
Eddie Smith
Druggist
Esther Sutherland
Black Momma
Earl Maynard
Insurance Company - Panama
Henry Kingi
Insurance Company - Candy Man (Al)
Lawrence Gabriel
Insurance Company - Travis
(as Larry Gabriel)
James Millhollin
Judge Advocate (Major Peters)
(as Jim Millhollin)
Jon Jacobs
Dave
Douglas Anderson
Charlie
Don Megowan
Garrity
Richard Selzer
Wino
(as Richard Blackwell)
Ruth Warshawsky
Saleslady
(as Ruth Warshawski)
Cheryl Sampson
Dorinda's Girl - Taffy
Edna Richardson
Dorinda's Girl - Frenchie
Dernadette Gladden
Dorinda's Girl - Raquel
Tara Strohmeier
Dorinda's Girl - Turnpike
Lisa Farringer
Dorinda's Girl - Annette
Sharon Madigan
Nurse
Mel Novak
Doctor
Donnie Williams
Highway Dept. Man
Randy Gray
Kid In Hospital
Annik Borel
Stalingrad
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Jail Guard
(as Stymie Beard)
Rhavan Briggs
Felice
Johnny Ray McGhee
Hired Killer
(as Johnnie Ray McGhee)
Clarence Lockett
Preacher
John Evans
Police Lieutenant
John Dennis
Desmond's Guard
Otis Redding
Himself
(uncredited)
Fred Weintraub
Judge
(uncredited - producer's cameo)
Kenny Endoso
Man with Flower Cart
(uncredited)
Earl Jolly Brown
Chet, Overweight Bar Patron
(uncredited)
Jonathan Kaplan
Cook
(uncredited)
Jamie Anderson
Water Delivery Man
(uncredited)
Eddie Smith
Stunt Coordinator
Nate Long
Stunts / Isaac Hayes' Double

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