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Truck Turner Reviews

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June 8, 2015
Isaac Hayes plays ex-football players Mack "Truck" Turner turned bounty hunter fighting a foul mouthed madam, played by Nichelle "Lt. Uhura" Nichols, who hires killer Harvard Blue and his men (led by Yaphet Kotto as Blue) to get revenge for killing her man. The story here isn't all that interesting, but Nichols is a terrific villain (or maybe it's the novelty of seeing the very dignified Lt. Uhura constantly spouting profanities) and the film features pretty much wall-to-wall action that's well directed by Jonathan Kaplan. Kaplan, who'd go on to direct some quality films like "The Accused" and "Unlawful Entry," got his start with the Roger Corman school of filmmaking (same as Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, Francis For Coppola, Joe Dante, John Sayles and many others of note) starting his career with low budget exploitation films like this. But back to this film, you also get an excellent score by star Isaac Hayes that's every bit as good as his score for "Shaft." And one last of note, I think the hospital shootout featured more innocent bystanders getting shot than I've ever seen outside of a Hong Kong action film.
½ February 7, 2015
Very cool with an acceptable amount of action along with some humorous dialog! Fairly strong plot and Isaac Hayes is very comfortable in his role.
February 6, 2015
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan, (The Accused (1988), Unlawful Entry (1992) and Brokedown Palace (1999)) and released by American International Pictures. This blaxploitation film was the acting debut of singer and musician Isaac Hayes, who had just won the Best Original Song Oscar for Shaft (1971), and he was looking to get into acting. It's a good film with some good action set pieces along the way. Truck Turner (Hayes) is a former football player turned bounty hunter who has been assigned by bail bondsman Fogarty (Dick Miller) to look for pimp Richard Leroy "Gator" Johnson (Paul Harris) who has skipped bail and gone on the run. Following a tip off from Gator's old pimp friend Duke (Scatman Crothers), they manage to find Gator, but it ends up having bad repercussions, especially when Gator's former prostitutes, led by Dorinda (Nichelle Nichols) and crime kingpin Harvard Blue (Yaphet Kotto). With Truck's life in danger, he's forced to go on the run across Los Angeles, to stay ahead of Blue. but also find a way to fight back. It's heavily layered with a lot of action set pieces, but it is a suspenseful and exciting film to watch, plus this is what you'd expect from the blaxploitation genre. Violent yet enjoyable. and Hayes is a likable presence, plus he also scored the film, some passages of the music were later used for the Kill Bill films. Oh, Quentin!! :P
June 24, 2014
A Hollywood studio stepped into the Blaxploitation ring with a solid contender. The movie's bit aimless at first but dances about with some wit and style before laying into a solid final action sequence culminating in an unusually creatively filmed death scene. That, plus the great Isaac Hayes soundtrack (including a song that intercuts very effectively with his dialog) make this a cut above standard Grindhouse fare
½ February 17, 2014
THE best Blaxploitation movie ever!
½ October 16, 2013
A foul-mouthed, mean blaxploitation classic that pulls all the punches--Bloody good fun, ticking all the blaxploitation boxes!!
½ June 12, 2013
hell with Ike, stick with Truck!
March 21, 2013
Isaac Hayes stars as Truck Turner a maverick bounter hunter. When he kills a pimp his bottom bitch seeks revenge and puts a hit out him. Turners gun makes Dirty Harrys 44.Magnum look like a rentboys Muff Pistol. Up there with the cream of Blaxploitation cinema.
½ March 11, 2013
Very cool with an acceptable amount of action along with some humorous dialog! Fairly strong plot and Isaac Hayes is very comfortable in his role.
½ February 17, 2013
Really campy blaxploitation flick.
November 17, 2012
Solid Shaft rip off. Nothing special, but still fun to watch.
½ November 5, 2012
The action nor story is particularly interesting but it's more than worth seeing to witness the copious amounts of cool that exudes from the incredible Isaac Hayes.
June 10, 2012
Cool, Isaac Hayes sends a lot of pimps and criminals to their graves.
½ May 13, 2012
This movie was funny because it is so UN-politically correct now. Surprised Gloria Alllred hasn't called for a boycott of this rental movie!!
January 30, 2012
Was good fun with some good dialogues and some good action too..
November 10, 2011
I got a bigger kick out of seeing half the cast of "Black Belt Jones" in this movie than the saucy one liners, like for example: "We call her Turnpike, because you gotta pay to get-on and pay to get off!"
October 11, 2011
A classic that is more than just slightly interesting.
½ August 29, 2011
A mediocre blaxploitation film for a perfect soul and funk soundtrack.
cosmo313
Super Reviewer
½ August 13, 2011
This is a fairly obscure blaxploitation film, but it's worth seeking out. Jonathan Kaplan (Unlawful Entry) directs this action picture about an ex-ffotball player turner bounty hunter out for revenge.

Isaac Hayes provides the music and stars as the title character, and he does a pretty good job. He makes for a credible action hero. I know he acted in some other movies, but it's a shame he didn't act in more, because he could have made a great career in pictures. Yaphet Kotto does a great (as always) job as the main villain, but I don't think this is his best work. It's not bad, though. The music is fun, the location shooting looks good, and the action is pretty well done, especially the mayhem at t he hospital.

This probably falls somewhere in the upper half of the middle of the blaxploitation spectrum, as far as quality goes, and, while this isn't really a terrific picture in general, for a B-movie, it's quite decent so, as I said, try and seek this one out if you're in the mood for an entertaining 70s action romp.

On a personal note, I actually have an extremely loose connection to this movie. My brother's girlfriend's boss's husband was a child actor, and he was in this movie. His name is Randy Gray, and in this film, he was credited as "Kid In Hospital". He's the kid that Yaphet Kotto briefly takes hostage as he tries to escape during the climactic shootout.
½ August 6, 2011
Seen recently on MGM HD this is a thoroughly enjoyable yarn. Well acted, nicely directed and nostalgia a-plenty. Worth seeing just to hear Nichelle Nichols say "Motherf***er" Great Shaft-like score. Recommended Blaxpoitation movie from the 70s.
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