Space Truckers (1997)




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Former National Lampoon editor Ted Mann, who scripted this $27 million science-fiction comedy, calls it "the first outer-space road movie." According to Mann, the film has "no scientists, no techies, none of the usual polished, sanitary environments we're used to in our space films. Space is like anywhere else -- the people who are there are underpaid and poorly regarded." In the year 2196, freight pilot John Canyon (Dennis Hopper), one of the last of the independent truckers competing against the huge mega-corporations, is hassled by high-tech interference plus corrupt bosses. After Canyon delivers a cargo of pigs, genetically engineered to be square and stackable for more efficient shipping, he finds his profits siphoned off by a crooked labor boss (George Wendt). When Canyon heads for Earth with a secret cargo, he's accompanied by young apprentice trucker Mike Pucci (Stephen Dorff) and waitress Cindy (Debi Mazar), who plans to marry Canyon if he gets her safely to Earth. The trio goes through the asteroid belt and are captured by pirates, led by engineering wiz Captain Macanudo (Charles Dance), who discovers the secret cargo of the army androids stolen from him by capitalist corp chief E.J. Saggs (Shane Rimmer) -- who's plotting an android takeover of Earth. Filmed at Ireland's Ardmore Studios, Space Truckers was shown at several 1997 film festivals (Sundance, Sitges, Vancouver).
PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Art House & International , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Sterling Entertainment

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Dennis Hopper
as John Canyon
Stephen Dorff
as Mike Pucci
Debi Mazar
as Cindy
Charles Dance
as Macanudo
George Wendt
as Keller
Birdy Sweeney
as Mr. Zesty
Bird Sweeney
as Mr. Zesty
Vernon Wells
as Mister Cutt
Tim Loane
as Trooper Officer
Ian Beattie
as Trooper
Olwen Fouere
as Building Commander
Roger Gregg
as Tank Patrol
Denis Akiyama
as Tech Leader
Seamus Flavin
as Chopper 4
Jason O'Mara
as Chopper 3
Sandra Dickinson
as Bitchin' Betty
Dave Duffy
as Alex
Eileen Dromey
as Woman on the Toilet
Sylvan Baker
as Black Pirate
Pat Laffan
as Scummy
Gerry Walsh
as Fat Jacket
Eugenie Bondurant
as Bio-Mechanical Warrior
Finbarr Monahan
as Bio-Mechanical Warrior
Julie Dowling
as Bio-Mechanical Warrior
Angeline Morrison
as Bio-Mechanical Warrior
Bongi McDermott
as Bio-Mechanical Warrior
Suzanne Gibson
as Bio-Mechanical Warrior
Natasha Byram
as Bio-Mechanical Warrior
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Critic Reviews for Space Truckers

All Critics (11)

I'm giving this one a pass, just for sheer audacity.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Here's another Stuart Gordon mess as he tries to live up to Re-Animator.

August 25, 2005
7M Pictures

Really, really, really bad

August 2, 2002

Hopper appears to be doing a sight reading for a script run-through, and George Wendt is sacrificed for the sake of a fat joke.

June 2, 2001
Movie Metropolis

You read it right: That's Space...Truckers.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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August 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for Space Truckers

Dennis Hopper and Stephen Dorff!? This movie is too awesome for words. Deserved a bigger budget. The black rock asteroid sequence is some of the best space action ever.

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki

Terrible. Made in 1997? Are you sure about that? More like 1977. Just think 2 years later The Matrix would come out.

James Mayer
James Mayer

It's dopey with hammy acting and so-so FX but there's just something about this that makes it alot of fun. Perhaps its because its directed by Stuart Gordon who really shows his Full Moon roots (back when they used to know how to make good low-budget, fun movies) or maybe its because of alot of the familiar faces: Dennis Hopper. Stephen (Blade) Dorff, Charles (Alien3) Dance and Vernon (Commando) Wells to name a few. Or maybe it's just because its a dopey, hammy movie that knows how to have fun. Anyway, I enjoyed it.

A.D. Villarreal
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