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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the trucks!, 2 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Hell Drivers [DVD] [1957] (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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Initial post: 23 Mar 2009 16:48:34 GMT
L. Courtney says:
I brought this to watch while recovering from a Heart Operation. This is a top film with some brilliant acting. It puts all these crap American modern films in the shade as far as I am concerned.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2015 03:26:39 GMT
Crap American modern films huh? Well, I'm American and I must say; you are 100% correct. Hollywood has devolved into a putrid, rabidly political and depraved crap factory. Once commonly seen, workman like skills, interspersed with episodes of brilliance, have been replaced with incompetent writing, indifferent directing and editing, and acting "skills" so weak as to be laughable. I much prefer older American films from the 40-80's. And the wonderful British films of the 40-50's. Most exhibited skills unapproached today. Unless you like cheesy CGI and jump cut edits every .5 second.
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