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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
Kino's disc is one of their better ones. The blu-ray has a nice HD image that, while perhaps not a recent remaster, shows a ton of detail and very little flaw. Some noise in dark scenes can distract, but the film grain is usually well-defined and appealing and the urban film look is very well represented. Sound was clean, which was nice since many of these 70's exploitation flicks feature too much crackle and distortion, but Truck Turner sounds like it was cleared up and remastered to some degree with no real flaws.
Features include one of the better commentaries I have heard recently. The director and a moderator get into all aspects of production and behind-the-scenes stories and this is one blunt conversation. Very few punches are pulled as the director talks about who had an attitude on set, what the studio really wanted and why many decisions were made (or not made). In addition to this great commentary there is a panel interview, a "trailers from hell" skit and the normal trailer. It's not the most robust package ever seen, but it's all highly entertaining and well worth listening to.Read more ›
Movie Review: Next to Coffy, this is my favorite Blaxploitation movie of all time. The story, the violence, the dialog, the music, acting....... etc. is all so bad it's great. But one actor I thought was who was legitimately good is Yaphet Kotto. I highly recommend this movie for Exploitation enthusiasts.
In Conclusion: 4 Stars for the DVD and 5 stars for the movie.
Truck Turner(1974) is worth watching if you like 1970's cinema.
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the late great Isaac hayes does a fine job in this crime thriller blackexploitation film. It's fun and fast moving with a good soundtrack. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Michael Dobey
This film has great car chase scenes and great dialogue. The action is intense but the action is riveting.Published 2 months ago by John W. Horton III
If you are a fan of Blaxploitation films, you HAVE to own "Truck Turner". Starring the late, great Isaac Hayes as Mac "Truck" Turner, a bounty hunter that finds... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Girod
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