Hell Drivers (1957)





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In this exciting British crime drama, an ex-con gets a job as a truck driver and risks his life to take on the corrupt lead driver and the company manager who have listed five phony drivers on the payroll so they can collect extra money. The two supervisors then force the other drivers to do the extra work without compensation. The fact that the trucks routinely transport volatile explosives over rough, dangerous roads only adds to the tension.
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J. Arthur Rank Productions


Sean Connery
as Johnny
Stanley Baker
as Tom Yately
Gordon Jackson
as Scottie
David McCallum
as Jimmy Yately
Alfie Bass
as Tinker
Robin Bailey
as Assistant Manager
Vera Day
as Blonde
John Horsley
as Doctor
Jean St. Clair
as Spinster
Ronald Clarke
as Barber Joe
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Critic Reviews for Hell Drivers

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

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

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Hell 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
Aj V

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"I found Hell Drivers to be pretty unique, thrilling and interesting. The film's first and last twenty minutes are by far the best, as the beginning is extremely funny and does a nice job setting up the basis of the story and the conclusion is very dramatic, nicely wrapping up the film with quite a few twists." Full review at: http://www.commonsensemoviereviews.com/2010/05/hell-drivers-1957.html

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Snipes .

"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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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