Truck Turner Reviews

  • Mar 31, 2018

    issac hayes was great in this movie and he wrote all the music as well. its a hilarious film

    issac hayes was great in this movie and he wrote all the music as well. its a hilarious film

  • Feb 24, 2018

    Ludicrous and fun when it's working. A talented cast keeps the plot moving, even when Hayes' weak underperformance sinks the energy. Fortunately, the absurdity of the material allows the rest of the cast to chew the scenery-especially Nichols and Kotto, who are at their very best.

    Ludicrous and fun when it's working. A talented cast keeps the plot moving, even when Hayes' weak underperformance sinks the energy. Fortunately, the absurdity of the material allows the rest of the cast to chew the scenery-especially Nichols and Kotto, who are at their very best.

  • Jun 08, 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.

    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.

  • Feb 07, 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.

    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.

  • Feb 06, 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

    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

  • Jun 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

    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

  • Oct 16, 2013

    A foul-mouthed, mean blaxploitation classic that pulls all the punches--Bloody good fun, ticking all the blaxploitation boxes!!

    A foul-mouthed, mean blaxploitation classic that pulls all the punches--Bloody good fun, ticking all the blaxploitation boxes!!

  • Jun 12, 2013

    hell with Ike, stick with Truck!

    hell with Ike, stick with Truck!

  • Mar 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.

    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.

  • Mar 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.

    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.