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Truck Turner

4.5 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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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

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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Truck Turner" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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 entertains the whole way through. Upbeat music from star Isaac Hayes, great characters and dialog, fun chases, fun shootouts and some surprising (and very 70's) twists and turns. Any movie with Star Trek's Uhura talking about her prostitutes with phrases like "we call her turnpike, 'cause you pay to get on and pay to get off" can't be anything but entertaining. Seriously good shots like the final battle and use of LA give it scope and intensity too. Just a great package all over.

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.
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DVD Review: MGM version. It plays.

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.
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Truck Turner(1974) is an enjoyable blaxploitation film starring the late Isaac Hayes. It's fun hearing Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols curse like a sailor. Hayes played Mack "Truck" Turner, a bounty hunter who works for the government. Hired assassins try to kill him after he hunts down a pimp. Truck Turner was modern in 1974: there's strong violence, foul language, politically-incorrect humor and sexy women in revealing clothes! Yaphet Kotto played one of the bad guys in the film. He played a Bond villain around this time. Isaac Hayes also composed the music score for the film. In the early 1970's, some people were willing to pay money to see movies about Black anti-heroes. By the 1980's, people were losing interest in the blaxploitation genre. Keenan Ivory Wayans' I'm Gonna Get You Sucka(1988) is an homage to 1970's blaxploitation films.
Truck Turner(1974) is worth watching if you like 1970's cinema.
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