Riding the Bullet

Riding the Bullet

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Director: Mick Garris

Cast: Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Cliff Robertson

     
 

A young man who has flirted with death is forced to come to terms with mortality in this tale of terror based on a story by Stephen King. Alan Parker (Jonathan Jackson) is a college student studying art at the University of Maine in 1969. Cursed with an over-active imagination, Alan constantly obsesses over the worst outcome of any situation, and when he begins to…  See more details below

Overview

A young man who has flirted with death is forced to come to terms with mortality in this tale of terror based on a story by Stephen King. Alan Parker (Jonathan Jackson) is a college student studying art at the University of Maine in 1969. Cursed with an over-active imagination, Alan constantly obsesses over the worst outcome of any situation, and when he begins to suspect his girlfriend, Jessica (Erika Christensen), is thinking of leaving him, it drives him to the brink of suicide. Shortly after this brush with death, Alan receives word that his mother, Jean (Barbara Hershey), has suffered a severe stroke and may not pull through. Alan grabs his jacket and hits the road, hoping to hitchhike the one hundred miles to the hospital. As it happens, Alan is trying to catch a ride on Halloween night, and after he's picked up by one George Staub (David Arquette), he realizes that he's riding the highway with a creature not of this Earth. Riding the Bullet was directed by Mick Garris, marking the fourth time the filmmaker has brought one of King's stories to the cinema or television screen.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Much like most faithful Stephen King film interpretations, Riding the Bullet falters from its basic failure to be able to translate the fantastical elements of the horror scribe's prose. Director Mick Garris has a history with King, previously adapting the needless Shining TV mini-series, along with the cat suit monster flick Sleepwalkers and various other anthology series, all of which basically share that same fundamental weakness that pops up in most book-to-screen adaptations. Much like 2003's embarrassing flop Dreamcatcher, Garris does his best to try and pull off what can only be realized in the written form, but too often it just comes off awkward and forced. Take how he handles the inner monologues of the main character or the hallucinogenic dream sequences that get old far too soon for their own good. On the upside, the director does show a fun sense of style in some of the camera shots and the carefully selected music fits perfectly for the '60s-era road-trip vibe. The story follows some major deviations from the book, which purists will be sad to note even if they should be used to it by now. In the end, Garris misses the tone completely, making an otherwise frightful tale into a semi-comical show of style over substance.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
UPC:
0031398172529
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
32,591

Special Features

16:9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Director, cast and crew commentary; Shooting the Bull minifeaturette gallery; The art of Riding the Bullet; Storyboard-to-film comparisons; Trailer; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Jackson Alan
David Arquette George Staub
Cliff Robertson Farmer
Barbara Hershey Jean Parker
Erika Christensen Jessica Hadley
Matt Frewer Mr. Clarkson
Nicky Katt Ferris
Howard Kaylan Apple Man
Barry W. Levy Julian Parker

Technical Credits
Mick Garris Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Andrew Deskin Production Designer
Jan Fantl Executive Producer
Marshall Harvey Editor
Frank Hübner Executive Producer
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Stephen King Executive Producer,Original Story
Bill Kravitz Co-producer
Brad Krevoy Producer
David Lancaster Executive Producer
Kristina Lyne Art Director
Chad Marting Associate Producer
Robert New Cinematographer
Stephanie Nolan Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicholas Pike Score Composer
Neal Ramer Associate Producer
Sebastian Salm Sound/Sound Designer
Joel T. Smith Producer
Vicki Sotheran Producer
Julia Verdin Casting
Jörg Westerkamp Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [3:32]
2. Morbid Fixation [2:35]
3. Facing Death [4:29]
4. Recovery [2:11]
5. "Tell Me the Truth" [1:56]
6. Bad News [4:06]
7. Starting Home [3:32]
8. Ride With a Hippie [3:01]
9. The Long Walk [2:47]
10. "How Did Dad Die?" [4:29]
11. The Sad Old Man [8:24]
12. A Bad Idea [3:26]
13. Alone and Afraid [4:10]
14. Remembering the Bullet [2:12]
15. The Cemetary [3:02]
16. Meeting George Staub [1:54]
17. "The Dead Travel Fast" [2:35]
18. The Cadillac Story [3:04]
19. George's Story [:29]
20. Deciding Who Dies [5:45]
21. Riding the Bullet [4:53]
22. Visiting Mom [8:19]
23. Epilogue [8:13]
24. End Credits [5:00]

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
rwj More than 1 year ago
The adventure and cunning of Stephen King lend a high degree of malevolence done by the master of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie jumped out at me from the shelf at our local DVD store. I had never heard of it becoming a movie so I got it on our mail order DVD rental service first. I watched it and couldn't get out to buy my own copy fast enough. This movie hit me on such a personal level that friends who've watched it say it's like I scripted it. It's longer than the short story by S. King and that's a great thing. It's being set in the late 60's and the added storyline are perfect. All the actors are brilliant, especially Mr. Jackson and my personal favorite, Mr. Arquette! Both take you into their journey and don't let you go. The way the movie is filmed from the music, locations, camera set-ups and pace it is pure enjoyment. My personal favorite is the way the main character has conversations "with himself." You will have to watch it to see what I mean. Don't go into this movie wanting anything except to have a ride on the rollercoaster that is "Riding the Bullet!" Allow it to create the journey for you. The short story rocked but this movie makes it even better! Just like "Carrie" - great book, great movie. Mick Garris (and all involved) should be proud of this work and I'm forever in his debt for creating such a film event that shot to the top of my personal favorites. I only wish I could have seen it in the movie theatre!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Special Features of this movie rock as well! The comentary by the director is actually one of the best I've heard for this type of movie. He says things you enjoy hearing and you actually feel as if you are "having him over" to watch the movie with you. Plus a second great comentary track with Director, Actor and others. Then there are a handfull of mini features about the Behind the Scenes that are great! I only wish there were more and more! The mini feature that shows the artwork used in the movie, which is set to music is a "Halloween-Treat." Can't say how much everyone who I've had watch this movie Loved it!! Sit back and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago