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Long Haul [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZZZGS
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Great movie from the Sony MOD program. Features an excellent performance from Victor Mature & Diana Dors. The 50's were a strange time for the UK film industry with US money and US stars using home grown talent in a wide range of movies, many of them classics - like Night and the City or (my favourite) Night of the Demon.
The Long Haul features strong performances in a gritty largely unsentimental story, kind of a UK version of the excellent US noir 'Thieves Highway' set among the world of truck drivers. Diana Dors is a revelation in this movie. She looks like a vamp, but plays a dignified very moral lady aching to be with Mature. Strong acting chops. Lots of action. Great locations. Great staging also - with plenty of soul searching close-ups to camera from the leads.
Cosy it isn't but it IS rich in noir atmosphere. No one in this movie is untainted.
The ending is inevitable but downbeat. A great surprise. A minor classic. Fantastic print. Highly recommended.
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ok saturday afternoon viewing,if that`s all there is to watch,not top end but great to see once again Diana Dors in her hay day,story of down on his luck ex army type,taking any job that comes along,is nothing new,and the truck drivers story,done better in Stanley Bakers Hell Drivers,is ok,very good dvd copy,clear sound and wonderful black and white picture,just don`t think you will come away feeling well entertained,but just good for 90 mins of your time.
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This is a largely forgotten British crime drama which doesn't even rate a mention in some film guides (e.g. Radio Times and Halliwell's). I had vague childhood memories of the scenes with the Leyland Octopus truck lumbering across country but had no idea where they came from until some recent research brought up this movie, only available as a US DVD-R release. Unfortunately the film is the cut 88 minute US release rather than the original 100 minute UK version which opened at the Odeon Marble Arch (the original one!) on August 29th 1957 before going on general release on the Gaumont circuit (there were separate Odeon and Gaumont releases in those days) with cheapo American musical drama "Calypso Heat Wave" in support.
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The Long Haul is directed by Ken Hughes and Hughes adapts the screenplay from the Mervyn Mills novel. It stars Victor Mature, Diana Dors, Patrick Allen, Gene Anderson and Peter Reynolds. Music is by Trevor Duncan and cinematography by Basil Emmott.

Harry Miller (Mature) is an American serviceman who after the war has relocated to Northern England to live with his British wife and their son. He hankers to get back to America but his wife is not keen, so he takes up a truck driving job and quickly learns that corruption and under the table deals are the order of the day. Refusing to bend to that way on account of his moral fibre, this puts him on a collision course with violent racketeer boss Joe Easy (Allen), more so when he steps in to help Easy's girlfriend, Lyn (Dors), during an altercation and Lyn becomes quite smitten with Harry.

Gritty and grimy Brit noir that pulses with violence, simmering sexuality and big roaring lorries! By the time of film's release, the plot device of a returning soldier finding things less than worth fighting for had been done to death, but in the case of Hughes' movie it has a relocation slant that gives it a bit of zest. This gives the pic a rock solid foundation from which to tell its tale, and in the main it delivers all the requisite requirements for the film noir buff.

Narratively it revels in film noir tropes, not content with the confused ex-soldier angle, it throws in a classic femme fatale (Dors sexually charged) and a trick up its sleeve that puts some extra oomph into the culmination of story. The look is a suitably shadowy world of wet winding roads and smoky road side diners, while the dockside scenes are so excellently filmed you can practically smell the damp and salt wafting across the working class backdrop.
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