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Hell Drivers [DVD] [1957]

Stanley Baker , Patrick McGoohan , Cy Endfield    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan, Peggy Cummins, Herbert Lom, William Hartnell
  • Directors: Cy Endfield
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Dolby, Mono, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MM0XYE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,469 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hell Drivers sees James Bond (Sean Connery), Doctor Who (William Hartnell), one of the men from UNCLE (David McCallum), the Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan) and a Professional (Gordon Jackson), all supporting Stanley Baker in this hard-as-nails British action picture realistically set in a bleak late-1950s England. Baker plays Tom Yately, an ex-con who takes the only job he can get--truck driving at breakneck speeds for a corrupt manager (Hartnell) and brutal foreman (McGoohan). The constant short runs and competition between the drivers makes for an intense atmosphere which inevitably explodes into violence. Baker's only friend is an Italian ex-POW played sensitively by Herbert Lom, while Peggy Cummings is a remarkably free-spirited heroine for a British film of the time. Baker himself is superb, quietly tough, and broodingly charismatic, McGoohan is compellingly malevolent and Hartnell simply chilling.

The film is consistently engrossing and often exciting, even when the plot spirals into melodrama towards the finale. One has to wonder where the police are during all this mayhem, but the fact that the screenplay, by John Kruse and Cy Endfield, received a BAFTA nomination suggests the scenario was at least reasonably realistic. Endfield also directed this, the second of six films he would helm for Baker, the most famous of which would be the all-time classic, Zulu (1964).

On the DVD: Hell Drivers is presented in an anamorphically enhanced ratio of 1.77:1. This means a little of the original 1.96:1 VistaVision (70mm) image is cropped at the sides, which is just noticeable in a few shots. The print used is excellent, with only very minor damage, and the mono sound is fine. The disc also includes Look in on Hell Drivers, a 1957 TV programme that offers interviews with Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield and Alfie Bass, as well as comments from genuine truck drivers confirming the realism of the story, and a contemporary 15-minute television interview with Baker, which focuses on Hell Drivers, Sea Fury(1958) (also directed by Cy Endfield) and Violent Playground (1958). The original trailer rounds out an excellent package. --Gary S Dalkin

Product Description

The 2-Disc Special Edition dvd contains the following Special Features: 1, Brand new commentary with Sound Assistant Harry Fairbairn and journalist Andrew Robertson. 2, Theatrical Trailer. 3, The Stanley Baker Story. 3, Look In On Hell Drivers. 4, Strip Cartoon Gallery. 5, Promotional PDFs. 6, Danger Man: Loyalty Always Pays (first shown; 28 Oct. 1965, Patrick McGoohan with guest stars...Johhny Sekka, Errol John, Earl Cameron, Nigel Stock & Ray Brooks. 7, Bruce Lewis interviews Stanley Baker (1960's). 8, Who Killed Lamb?: a Thriller starring Stanley Baker (1974 TV Movie), co-starring Denis Lill, David Swift & Derek Francis. 9, News footage of the unveiling of a plaque by Stanley Baker (1970). 10, Return to the Rhondda - documentary featuring Stanley Baker. 11, Commemorative Booklet. 12, Image Gallery.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine British Drama 8 Feb 2007
By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Stanley Baker plays an ex con struggling to find work. He is eventually employed as a driver for a haulage firm which isnt quite what it seems. He soon realises that the drivers are badly underpaid despite the numerous loads which they have to deliver during their respective shifts.

Many of the action sequences are quite funny at times, showing lorries being driven at tremendous speeds around hairpin bends. Obviously speeded up to look dramatic. What holds the film together however, is the superb cast. Apart from Stanley Baker, there is Herbert Lom, Sean Connery (before he became better known as THE James Bond) Sidney James, William Hartnell and Patrick McGoohan as the villain of the piece. The romantic interest is left to Peggy Cummins and the then unknown Jill Ireland.

Despite its low budget, its superbly directed by Cy Endfield (who went on to direct the superb Zulu) and filmed by Geoffrey Unsworth. Not a bad picture, and reasonable sound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer grit from Brit trucker thriller 20 Dec 2005
Format:DVD
On the surface, a 1957 b&w film about short haul truck drivers in cold, rainy Britain seems a dull proposition. Check the credits though: ex-pat yank Cy Endfield is directing a roll call of Brit period talent here. Stanley Baker (later to appear in Endfield's 'Zulu'), is newly-released from jail and finding work tough to get, takes on a driving job with dodgy hauliers helmed by manager William ('Dr Who') Hartnell and bullying road boss, Patrick McGoohan (huge and angry as ever). Co-drivers Sean Connery (yes, him), Alfie Bass, Herbert Lom amongst other then newcomers to the contemporary stage and screen soon make it clear that this job is no Sunday outing. It could seem horribly dated in the CGI age but there is real grit in this pacy, edgy production. The script crackles, direction and editing is tight, the stunt drivers have fun, and the performances from a cast crowding to snatch centre-stage at all times, highly entertaining. Endfield strives to lend proceedings realism and there is an absence of the mawkishness and prudery often found in entertainment of the time. Baker's love scene with a yummy Peggy Cummin is brief, snatched in a truck shed, and credibly hungry. OK - speeding up the film so that the creaky old tipper trucks almost fly round the muddy lanes around Pinewood is a tad silly viewed today, but don't let period technology get in the way of enjoying a film with so much on offer for film buffs and nostalgics alike. The DVD comes with a somewhat stilted interview with star Baker and a more revealing documentary about the lives of truck drivers of the time. (McGoohan fans note: the trucks are all numbered - they'll understand) ...
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not fast.....but oh so furious 22 April 2004
Format:DVD
Try making a film today about a group of drivers taking ballast tobuilding sites somewhere in the Home Counties and you'd be laughed out ofthe golf club.But that's not how it was when films were films rather thancynical marketing ploys to attach high profile actors (sic) to pitifullyweak scripts, throw in a load of special effects, and release it just intime for the school holidays.The world isn't threatened. There is noshooting, no drugs, no aliens, no dreary sword'n'sorcery. Just a bunch ofblokes trying to earn a crust driving tipper trucks for a bent depotmanager. Some of them are nice (Stanley Baker), some of them are nasty(Patrick McGoohan), and some of them just stay in the background (SeanConnery). It's in Black and White and was made for less than the cateringbudget for "The Matrix", but it has what 99.9% of today's "Blockbusters"lack : a well-written script, a cast that can actually act, and a beliefthat it has a purpose other than making money. The moral of the film isintegrity. The moral of Film should be the same.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the trucks! 2 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
This is a great film, one of my all time favourits. Being a fan of classic cars, WW2 military vehicles, Sid James and Bill Hartnell this film is a treasure trove of Willys Jeeps, flying jackets and artillary men leather waistcoats! The cast has already been touched upon in other reviews and is full of top notch people but I feel I must mention Red, the drunken, bullying time setter and foreman of Bill Hartnell's boss, played to perfection with as much menace and sometimes comedy by Patrick McGoohan. The grin that hints of many pub brawls and of a broken jaw, the eternal presence of the roll up fag, the air of a ticking time bomb of violence waiting to explode in a second, a man who is king of his own jungle. What a character he was.

Little bit of info here, my Grandfarther used to be a builder for 50 years of his life, he did this kind of life style in the time the movie is set. We watched this film one saturday afternoon, he loved it but pointed out two things as follows.
1. The trucks use in this film, obviously speeded up, could only muster around 40 45 an hour unloaded and were prone to gear box death if driven to hard.
2. He also told me that Red was quiet a common character back then, he also said that McGoohan's performance was quite tame compared to his old work mates and foremen! Imagine Red magnified ten fold!

In short, buy it, watch it, enjoy the characters, the motor's, the wagons, the clothes and the great cliff hanger of an ending!!!
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Bought this for my dad, he hadn't seen it in years and really enjoyed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars hell drivers
this was brought as a present for somebody and as far as i know the person concerned thoroughly enjoyed it
Published 6 months ago by MRS CATHERINE NURCOMBE
5.0 out of 5 stars He'll Drivers
Great film even though its in black and white. Excellent cast coupled with a strong storyline. Very endearing film well worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant!
Very atmospheric, with a host of famous faces, sadly , many no longer with us. A story full of memories to how some companies operated in the days before legislation and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by john smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty British Noir from the 1950s
The 1957 British film "Hell Drivers" is not well known in the United States, but it has been featured recently in several 2013 film noir festivals, including "Noir City DC" held at... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A major british film
There was a time, long ago, when the british cinema could compete with Hollywood productions, and we get here a fine example with this film, "Hell Drivers", a grim and... Read more
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I was asking my cousin what did your Dad do during the WW2 he explained he never fought,BUT drove his lorry seconded by the government ,then asked have you seen Hell Drives? Read more
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