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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
It took a little while to catch up to the jive talk without the aid of Barbara Billingsley. Even then, some of the dialogue, especially Isaac Hayes' deep baritone, is difficult to hear. The best part of Truck Turner is Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) as a foul-mouthed madam. I detest hyperbole but that is truly a LOL scene. (See IMDb link below.) The best sight gag is probably the funeral procession full of pimp cars. Also really enjoyed the "buddy cop" character played by Alan Weeks, although it took me forever to finally place him: the drug pusher cornered in the opening (Brooklyn) scene of The French Connection.
Good car chase, slammin' tunes (by Hayes, of course), epic costumes, and more political incorrectness than you can shake a bucket of fried chicken at!
Genre rating: 4 stars
Issac Hayes is Truck Turner, a big black guy with a big black gun dispensing vigilante justice on the streets of 1970's LA. When he's not fighting crime, he's fighting to keep his larcenous girlfriend out of jail. On his mission to clean up the streets, he runs afoul of a slimy pimp named Gator. Tuner blows him away with his big black gun and that leads to a whole lotta trouble for our hero. Gator's Madam (played by Nichelle Nichols, known formerly as Lt. Uhura to Trekkers) puts a contract out on Turner. Turner kills the hitmen fairly easily with that big black gun, but wonders why someone is trying to kill him. When the underlings fail, Lt. Uhura puts up her stable of escorts up as collateral to a bunch of pimps for them to do the job for her. Most fear Truck and his big gun, but decide to go along with the deal (well a stable of extra hoes is worth the risk for a pimp) hoping to screw Lt Uhura. over and take her hoes from her. When he hears that there's a contract on him, Truck Takes action. He protects his girlfriend by having her arrested for shoplifting, then he goes after the pimps taking them out one by one until a thrilling climatic battle between himself and Harvard Blue (Yaphett Kotto) in a hospital. A shootout in a hospital! Well at least they'll be able to get medical attention quickly. The way the final gun battle ends is worth the price of the DVD alone. I have never seen someone take so long to die in a movie.
Truck has a final showdown with Lt. Uhura during an argument she uses language a Starfleet officer would never use. Worse yet, she tries to kill our hero. Truck takes her out with his big gun.Read more ›
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A big fan of Nichelle Nichols and Isaac Hayes. Great movie if you're a fan of these two. Cult classic.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
love these action movies. so glad to be able to see them at willPublished 4 months ago by roosevelt journigan
Truck Turner is a slightly satirical but still relatively serious "blaxploitation" movie, but what's really important is that it's just a great, fun 70's action flick that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. MacMahon
Truck Turner was very entailing. I was funny and serious at the same time. I enjoyed it very much.Published 5 months ago by Gwendolyne
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