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Product Details

  • Actors: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase, Nichelle Nichols
  • Directors: Jonathan Kaplan
  • Writers: Jerry Wilkes, Leigh Chapman, Michael Allin, Oscar Williams
  • Producers: Fred Weintraub, Marty Hornstein, Paul M. Heller
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Truck Turner" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* Isaac Hayes and Yaphet Kotto (Alien) star in this powerful, pull-out-the-stops crime thriller from director Jonathan Kaplan (Unlawful Entry). It's a gritty, action-packed tale of the streets, pulsating with ultra-smooth soul, high-octane energy and nonstop suspense. Truck Turner (Hayes) is a football star-turned-bounty hunter who's tracking a sadistic pimp on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Armed with his brute strength and ace cool partner (Alan Weeks), Truck closes in on his mark. But a tragic accident soon changes all the rules, and suddenly the hunter finds himself being hunted by the city's deadliest hired killers! Truck strikes back ina series of wild car chases, shootouts and bone-crunching fistfights, knowing that the battles can lead to only one place: an intense struggle to the death against Harvard Blue (Kotto), the brutal leader of L.A.'s organized crime syndicate. *1971: Original Song, Shaft

Customer Reviews

Very Good Movie if you like "old school-soul movies".
Sonny Washington
I will go to far as say this movie ranks up there with the best films (like Shaft) of that era.
Stanley Profitt
The two are very good at what they do, so much so they often get the jobs no one else wants.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B-MAN on April 3, 2002
Format: DVD
Isaac Hayes plays an ex football star turned bounty hunter named Mac "Truck" Turner. After he and his partner kill a violent pimp named "Gator", all the pimps get together and a contract is put out on Truck by none other than Gator's woman (Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols). When all the little fish fail to kill Truck, the biggest pimp of them all, Harvard Blue (Homicide's Yaphet Kotto) makes an offer to have it done but for a big price. Does he succeed? What do you think?
Director Johnathan Kaplan's (Unlawful Entry) "Truck Turner" is a great part of the blaxploitation genre and of action films in general. Isaac Hayes makes a great action hero and I wish he had made more films like this. Isaac and his band also provide for one of the funkiest soundtracks ever, maybe more funky than the one he composed for "Shaft". The film is exciting from beginning to end and Truck finds time to romance his lady and to make some jokes in between. One of the funniest scenes is when Truck and his partner go to pick up a prisoner from a military base and they have to break through the check point. When the security guards start shooting at Truck's car, he hopes they shoot his left tire out because he needs a new one real bad. Guess what, not only do they shoot the left tire out but they have to put the new one on for him! The rest of the time you will be laughing when you hear all the words that Nichelle Nichols has learned since she was Lt. Uhura on Star Trek!
*Also recommended with Isaac Hayes: Escape From New York (1981) and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) and if you can find it, Three Tough Guys (1974) which also stars Fred "Black Caesar" Williamson
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hassan Patterson on October 8, 1999
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Truck Turner caught me off guard, I thought I was in for just another Shaft/Super Fly type of movie but man was I mistaken! Good action, seasoned actors and a good plot along with Isaac's commanding performance makes this an awesome flick! I highly recommend the sound track also, can u dig it?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Salamone Jr. on March 21, 2002
Format: DVD
When I bought this DVD, I was expecting a run-of-the-mill blaxploitation movie. It turned out to be much more! Isaac Hayes is smooth & tough as Truck Turner, a no-nonsense bounty hunter. I'm surprised that Hayes didn't a make many more movies like this. He's more interesting than some of the better-known blaxploitation stars. I'd rank this near the top of the heap (a notch or two below movies like SHAFT and ACROSS 110th STREET). This is a great choice if you're looking for a good shoot-em-up . . . with an attitude!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on April 27, 2007
Format: DVD
If you're into movies like this you'll have a great time with it like I did. Isaac Hayes stars as Mack "Truck" Turner, a former college football star who with his partner Jerry (Alan Weeks) now makes a living as a skip tracer for bail bondsmen. The pair accepts a big payday for bringing in a vicious pimp named Gator (Paul Harris) but catching him turns out to be very tough, and the pimp ends up dead. Gator's business partner Dorinda (Nichelle Nichols) is enraged at the death of her man and offers her stable of high-priced hookers to the Mack Daddy who kills Truck. After a few try but fail to take down the formidable Mr. Turner, well-to-do pimp Harvard Blue (Live And Let Die's Yaphet Kotto) strikes a deal for control of the call girls and hires professional assassins for the job. But when the killers hit the wrong man, Truck goes on the offensive to keep the people he cares for safe and his own behind out of the grave.

This movie stands tall next to more famous blaxploitation flicks. Fast, funny and exciting, "Truck Turner" is an unpretentious action movie uninterested in social statements or damning The Man... It simply tells a straightforward story quite well. In doesn't break any new ground but is instead an example of how to do the genre right. It helps considerably that the excellent cast knows how to play the material for maximum effect. The weakest actor is Hayes but he's far from bad in the central role, even if he gets by more on his cool charisma than his thespian skills. He's never less than convincing whether he's smacking around a rapist or sweet-talking his petty thief girlfriend -- it's a good thing the script doesn't call for more than he can give. Luckily the legendary Kotto and a dream list of character actors of the time support Hayes nicely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stan Sansevero on November 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Here's a screenplay that should be studied in film school. Seriously. It starts out with a bang and holds your interest for a slammin' first act. Then, just when you're sayin' to yourself, "OK, this is fun, but where the hell is it going?" the movie makes a 180-degree turn at the 30-minute mark and totally peels out into something you've never seen before. One of the few instances where 3 writers on an action movie is actually a GOOD thing (especially since one of them is Michael Allin, who wrote ENTER THE DRAGON, and another is Oscar Williams, who gave us THE FINAL COMEDOWN and BLACK BELT JONES). Brilliantly directed by Jonathan Kaplan. Solid supporting performances from Alan Weeks, Nichelle Nichols, Dick Miller, Stan Shaw, Stymie Beard from the Little Rascals, and especially Sam Laws, who always turns up as a character named "Dinwiddie" in Kaplan's early films (see also THE STUDENT TEACHERS, THE SLAMS, and WHITE LINE FEVER). Special mention should also go to Yaphet Kotto, who one year earlier had claimed that his role in LIVE AND LET DIE was racist, but apparently thought nothing of collecting a paycheck here by playing a murderous pimp (or, even worse, two years later in DRUM, where he portrayed a slave who is stripped nude, hung upside down, and asswhipped to a bloody pulp). Also, you gotta love any movie featuring an Italian hitman named "Joe Dante" (Kaplan and future GREMLINS director Joe Dante were both working for Roger Corman at the time this movie was produced. I think WHITE LINE FEVER also features a character named Joe Dante). Last but not least, the score by Isaac Hayes is amazing. If you can find the double-CD (paired with his equally great THREE TOUGH GUYS soundtrack), grab it! I play it all the time, and it's always being sampled by hip hop performers. Definitely check this sucker out.
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