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  • Actors: Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey, Cliff Robertson, Erika Christensen
  • Directors: Mick Garris
  • Writers: Mick Garris, Stephen King
  • Producers: Bill Kravitz, Brad Krevoy, Chad Marting, David Lancaster, Frank Hübner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NFMB2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Riding the Bullet (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Riding the Bullet is based on, the master of macabre, Stephen King’s first e-book and was directed by Mick Garris (The Stand). Alan embarks on a 100 mile hitch hike to see his mother in the hospital. Along the way he must confront his many demons – both living and dead – and in the end make the ultimate choice that will mean life or death for him and his mother! "A nifty standalone supernatural drama that features some truly terrifying scenarios, while also offering up a bit of well-placed humor and poignancy." – Horror.com

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A vintage Stephen King concept unfolds in Riding the Bullet: a college kid, circa 1970, must hitchhike a very long (and very dark) hundred miles to visit his hospitalized mother. The ghosts waiting for him along the way are either real or of his own mind (which seems to be a dark place itself). As a King short story, this might have been a usefully frightening premise, but it's almost entirely literary; on screen, it boils down to a guy walking down a road at night. Jonathan Jackson is suitably tortured in the lead role (or roles--he frequently appears double on screen, arguing with himself), but the movie is stolen by David Arquette, rocking it up as a '50s greaser who died in a car crash years earlier. Barbara Hershey and Erika Christensen are wasted in support. There's a strain to make the Woodstock-era setting relevant, but this doesn't seem to have a great deal to do with the private demons of the protagonist. (And if you're going to set it in 1970, how hard is it to catch dialogue anachronisms?) Director Mick Garris is a longtime King conduit (The Stand), but this one is misconceived from the start. --Robert Horton

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I am a HUGE fan of Stephen King owning just about every book and movie ever made.
A. Alger
Even though it is different, and not that great, I feel it was a fair attempt to try and create something dissimilar than his previous works.
Raj
The book was very short so maybe they just didn't have enough material to make a movie with.
MJ

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2006
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King does it again. He takes an everyday occurence and turns it into a frightening mind game. Imagine having to choose between dying or losing your mother. A must see for all die-hard King fans!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on August 7, 2005
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Stephen King's flair for good storytelling is absolutely missing in 'Riding the Bullet' directed by Mick Garris, who fared far better in TV's 'Shining' or 'Stand.' King's original novella has potential for sure, which includes serious matters, life and death. And King must have known the topic first-hand, for the story was written after he suffered a serious injury after a traffic accident.

But Mick Garris takes things too literarily in this film. The premises are intriguing. The time is during the years of Vietnam War. The place, Maine (you can hear the name of Castlerock). One college student, obsessed with the idea of throwing his life away, realizes something important while hitchiking to his hometown, where his mother fell suddenly ill. This is a fine idea for making a road movie, and hitchiking on the two-lane road could be pretty scary.

The college student Alan Parker is played by Jonathan Jackson, who, leaving his kind-hearted friend Jessica (Erika Christensen) at college, encounters several strange drivers on the road (including one old driver played by Chiff Robertson). The most unnerving one turns out creepy guy George Staub (David Aqquette), who offers Allan a ride at night, and seems to know many things about Alan's life in the past, including the death of his father. But why?

This story could be a vintage urban legend-like weird tale, but Mick Garris fails to make good use of it, by showing things without any visual imagination. Think of this; if some 'inner self' talks to Alan, another image of Alan (played by Jackson himself) appears right next or behind him, and starts to talk to him. If Alan sees 'visions' perhaps because of hullcination or smoking weed, Alan exactly sees, say, his mother croaking like a bird.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Baranyai on March 4, 2006
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Every once in a while they manage to film a really good Ghost Story and they have done it with this movie. The viewer is introduced to Allan, a College kids back in the 1970's who is hitchiking to Lewiston in Maine to visit his ill mother. Allan is confronted by the ghosts of his past and present during his long lonely walk to the hospital. This movie is dark, eerie and very atmospheric and this is one film which I would have liked to have watched on the big screen. The extra feature included in this DVD is Allan's sketch book which is alone makes this movie worth watching. Bravo to all concerned with the making of this film.
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Even the presence of Barbara Hershey and Cliff Robertson in supporting roles can't elevate RIDING THE BULLET above the mundane.

"The Bullet" is a rollercoaster in this minimally interesting adaptation of a Stephen King novella that was originally only available as an internet download. In it, college student Alan Parker is desperately trying to reach the hospital where his mom was recently admitted.

Attempting to hitchhike there, he's picked up by an undead creepo who was beheaded while riding the roller coaster that Alan has been terrified of all his life. This bizarre reanimation of George Staub tries to force the terrified kid to decide whether he will go on a "Bullet" death ride with George, or whether Alan's mom will.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.

(5.1) Riding the Bullet (USA/Germany/Canada-2004) - Jonathan Jackson/David Arquette/Barbara Hershey/Cliff Robertson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Christianson on April 26, 2005
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This is one wild and crazy, mixed up ride. Nearly undescribable, yet totally watchable and enjoyable. The plot(which I won't go into very far, others have done such a fine job)is simple, the atmosphere surreal. A concept that works better on paper than on film. Mick Garris does an expert job with the transformation, mixing abstract ideas with real life adventure and emotions. It has it's truly scary moments intertwined with human emotion and humor. One of the best Stephen King adaptations out there. If you want to see something a bit different and a little offbeat you will probably find this one to be well worth your time. If you want more of the same old formula horror flicks, you should probably look elsewhere.

Enjoy, and thanks for taking the time to read my review. I hope it was helpful.

Tom
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 10, 2005
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Riding the Bullet is watchable because you never know where it's going to go or where it is taking you. It's about a college student obsessed with death. On his birthday he's in the tub considering slitting his wrist with a razor. Then his friends jump in the bathroom throwing a surprise party and he accidently cuts his wrist. After he gets out of the hospital his g/f gives him tickets to go see a concert wih his friends. He then gets a call that his mom had a stroke and he decides to hitch a ride to go see her instead.

When trying to get there one weird and nightmarish thing happens after another. He finally hitches a ride with someone who's tombstone he just saw at the cemetary. He freaks when he realizes that he's the ghost of someone who died in a car accident years ago. The driver is played by David Arquette and he gives him a choice to choose to die or for his mother to die. So he's forced to come face to face to if he wants to live or die. This is a movie that can be often silly and not involve you that well in what is going on. I mean often the main guy sees another version of himself that gives him advice. Is it supposed to be his conscience or what ? and how is it that David Arquette sees him too ? We never learn that. Still the movie does keep your attention and keep you at the edge of your seat waiting to see what his choice will be. The ending is probably superior to the whole movie though because that's where most the heart is. It has a nice sentimental ending that you don't see coming at all. David Arquette turns out to be surprisingly some-what creepy in the role although I did get flaskbacks of him in 1-800-At&t commercials. I know now that is scary lol.
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