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5.0 out of 5 stars Hell Drivers Heavenly Cast., May 1, 2007
This review is from: Hell Drivers [Region 2] (DVD)
The speed at which this 1957 movie hurtles along means there isn't much time for character embellishment.
But character background isn't necessary in this story, as it's more situation then character based.
Synopsis.
A corrupt road haulage company (run by William Hartnell) forces it's drivers to risk their lives, (and the lives of other road users) by tempting them to break speed limits and highway code rules, in order to pick up bonuses.
One day a likable ex-con (Stanley Baker) turns up and signs on as a driver.
After making friend's with one of the other drivers (Herbert Lom), he crosses swords with the ambitious and emotionally volatile number one driver, "Red" (Patrick McGoohan).
So begins the main thrust of the movie as Stanley Baker's character keeps clashing with McGoohan's character.
Which eventually ends in tragedy for one of them!
For good drama to work it deserves good conflict, and this film has lots of conflict.
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The very memorable cast list includes.
Stanley Baker-(Zulu)
Patrick McGoohan-(Dangerman, The Prisoner)
Herbert Lom-(The Human Jungle, the Pink Panther films)
William Hartnell-(Doctor Who)
Gordon Jackson-(Upstairs Downstairs, The Professionals)
Sid James-(many Brit Sit-Coms, The Carry On Films)
Alfie Bass-(The Fearless Vampire Hunters)
David McCallum-(The Man from UNCLE, Sapphire and Steel)
Peggy Cummins-(Night of the Demon)
And in a "blink and you'd miss him" role, Sean Connery-(James Bond)
Also a very young Jill Ireland. (She later married Charles Bronson)
This film certainly made a change from my usual Sci-fi and comedy shows.
Three stars for the Film, and an extra two for the cast.
OPINION
A gritty realistic portrayal of 1950's working class life.
On sale at amazon.co.uk
Recommended.
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Initial post: May 1, 2007 12:55:24 PM PDT
Crazy Fox says:
You know, Keith, I bet William Hartnell makes for a great bad guy in this film. Even as the Doctor there could be something a little menacing about him, especially at first. In any case, any film with a connection both to "Doctor Who" and "James Bond" (not to mention the others) deserves to be better known, certainly. I'd have never heard of this without your review. Many Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2007 2:29:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2007 4:22:55 PM PDT
Hi Crazy,I was totally gobsmacked when I saw the cast list for this movie a few years ago.
And I was not disappointed by the storyline either.Yes Hartnell does come across as a nasty piece of work in this movie.
McGoohan too is a vicious and sadistic foreman who drives his men very hard indeed.
(Pun intended.)
And the late great Stanley Baker is always good to watch.
Take care mate.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2007 2:26:01 PM PDT
Crazy Fox says:
Yep, you too.
Heh heh, great pun, by the way. I have no truck with foremen like that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2007 2:32:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2007 2:35:20 AM PDT
And I do have a name to live up to,
after all I'm armchair PUNdit.
LOL

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2007 2:42:23 PM PDT
And ME makes Three! LOL. Now the Doctor Who trio is complete. Hello Sir Keith and Crazy. I always read that Billy Hartnell was known for roles where he played rough and tumble characters, so this pre-Doctor Who role suited his reputation. In fact, according to Doctor Who Magazine's 1st Doctor Special, in the 50s tv show The Army Game, the character he played was aptly named Sgt Major Bullimore

Posted on May 15, 2007 6:18:33 AM PDT
Your right about Hartnell, one of his greates roles was as a ruthless gangster in the masterful "Brighton Rock", which was made in 1947. In many ways his casting as Doctor Who in 1963 was against type, although he had hinted at a softer side in "This Sporting Life".

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2007 12:55:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2007 7:12:01 PM PDT
True,I'd almost forgot about "This Sporting Life" It's been years since I've seen that on telly.
"Brighton Rock" I'm ashamed to say is a film I've never seen.
But heard a lot about.
I'll soon rectify that.
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