Hell Drivers (Hard Drivers) (1957)





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In this efficient British crime drama, Tom Yately (Stanley Baker) is an ex-con looking for honest work. He thinks he's found it when he takes a job as a truck driver, but he soon discovers that the trucking firm he's signed on with is not playing by the rules. Red (Patrick McGoohan), the company's best driver, and Cartley (William Hartnell), the manager, have created five fictional drivers who have been added to the payroll. The other staff drivers are given the shifts that the phony drivers are … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Cy Endfield
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as Tom Yately

as Tinker

as Scottie

as Jimmy Yately

as Blonde

as Mrs. Yately

as Assistant Manager

as Doctor

as Barber Joe
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Critic Reviews for Hell Drivers (Hard Drivers)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The thriller is appealing for its no-nonsense approach.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The working-class personal/political tension leads to a splendidly drawn immigrant characterization by Herbert Lom and the human drama of Baker dangling from a precipice. Both remain memorable.

Full Review… | August 5, 2009
New York Press

Audience Reviews for Hell Drivers (Hard Drivers)


A pretty good movie with good actors, like McGoohan, but a story that's familiar. Still, I enjoyed seeing it on TV.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A very old fashioned melodrama about gravel delivery(?!) Only a cast of actors who went on to better things (including Sean Connery) makes it of interest.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


"Hell Drivers" is a gripping, yet mildly predictable, road movie wherein the highway is a ten mile stretch of country roads where a group of truckers haul ballast from a mine to the main plant, led by Red(Patrick McGoohan) who is out to prove he is number one. After the death of one of the drivers, Tom(Stanley Baker) shows up looking for work and gets it on the basis of a nerve-wracking audition. As Cartley(William Hartnell), the manager, explains, all the drivers must complete at least twelve runs a day or they are fired, paving the way for the men to prove their masculinity by driving excessive speeds. As competitive as the drivers are, Tom manages to make one true friend, Gino(Herbert Lom), an Italian expatriate who has been in England since World War II and is still homesick.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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