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on 22 March 2010
I was reading up on the late, great Isaac Hayes after buying the 'Ultimate Isaac Hayes' double CD (which I purchased after his death). Anyway, reading up, I learned of this film, and out of curiosity - {} - I gave it ago. And I wasn't disappointed.

Hayes is perfect as the lead (bounty hunter Truck Turner of the title), and I immediately warmed to him. The movie is an enjoyable action thriller; the first half plays more like a comedy, with many wisecracks and amusing happenings, as Hayes and his partner Jerry track down a psychotic pimp.
The second half almost plays like a sequel to the first (if that makes sense), as - with the pimp dead - a price is put on Truck's head, and there are numerous attempts on his life. The second half of the picture is far more serious than the first.
The first hour or so is great fun; the pacing does slightly let up midway through as things sag very slightly, but thankfully things soon pick up again, leading to a satisfying climax.

The supporting cast is very good, with many faces from various '70s blaxploitation movies appearing. (By the way Yaphet Kotto, the main villain of the picture, and first billed after Hayes, doesn't appear until almost an hour in).

I was surprised to see Nichelle Nichols in a role, as the new head of the group of hookers that is central to the plot. Nichols is, of course, best known as Uhura from the original 'Star Trek', and it is quite a shock to see the same actress f-ing and jeffing here.
(Incidentally, the inside of the DVD case has a picture of Hayes and Nichols together, smiling, which is presumably an on-set photo, as the characters are enemies in the actual movie.)

Unlike some of the old '70s blaxploitation pictures, production values are actually very good, with some nice action sequences (in particular, the lengthy car chase, as Turner and Jerry pursue the murderous pimp, is excellent).

The movie has many instances of both the 'f' word, and the 'n' word (which the black characters mockingly use about themselves). Although there are a couple of vaguely-gory shootout moments in the second half, I think if this film was released nowadays it might only get a 15 rating.

I was surprised that this movie never led to a follow-up of some kind, or even - as some of the 1970s blaxploitation movies were - tweaked and toned down for a TV series. The elements are all there and I think it would have been great, and I would have liked to have seen more of the Truck Turner character.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed this movie, and it has made me keen to check out some more of the 1970s blaxploitation movies. It's hardly cinema's greatest ever picture, but for what it is, it's well performed and well shot, with a terrific lead - and for £2.99, you can hardly go wrong!
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on 28 February 2012
Truck Turner sees Isaac Hayes as the bounty hunter in the title, tracking down bail jumpers to earn a buck, unfortunately he tracks down a man with too many friends and the hunter becomes the hunted.
Although it's never mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Shaft, Superfly and Foxy Brown, Truck Turner is just as good and Isaac Hayes is surprisingly good as the lead role (he also provides the funk soundtrack) and as another reviewer mentions, it's a film of two halves, the first with more comedy, the second with more action, there's also a terrific cast including Yaphet Kotto (Alien & Across 110th Street) and Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek) along with a bit part for Scatman Crothers.
Now, stop reading and get this sucker bought!
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on 21 August 2013
One of the best blaxploitation flicks I've seen. Ridiculous and hilarious with an amazing soundtrack from Isaac himself. Well worth a watch if you're into the genre.
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on 20 January 2004
Truck Turner is a great and hard exploitation movie. The great score by Isaac Hayes himself is also used in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. Tarantino himself is a great admirer of Exploitation movies and Truck Turner is among his favorites. This DVD is a solid presentation and should be part of every movie fan's collection.
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on 3 August 2015
i like this film very gd and very funny
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