Truck Turner (1974) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Truck Turner is one of the better known blaxploitation films from the Seventies. Isaac Hayes wrote the music, as usual, but this time he also stepped in front of the cameras as well, playing the anti-hero, Mack "Truck" Turner.

Truck is a tough-ass skip tracer, one of those guys who tracks down the guys who skip bail. In the first act, Truck and his partner track down an abusive pimp named Gator. About 90% of the first half of the movie consists of the chase scenes, as they follow Gator on foot and in their car. In the process of the capture, the pimp is finally shot and killed.

So much for that half.

There is then a transitional scene which sets up the rest of the film. Hoo-boy, the pimp's woman (Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols) is really upset, and she's one tough "rhymes with witch", so she calls a meeting of all the pimps in Los Angeles, and promises them that the man who kills Truck Turner can have Gator's entire stable of hookers.

The second half of the movie basically consists of Truck defending himself against her contract, by shooting a long succession of anonymous guys wearing furs and very silly hats. (Example to the right).

The plot development in this movie is virtually non-existent. I just told you 100% of it. After the last Huggy Bear clone bites the dust, there is an abrupt edit and we see Truck just drivin' along in his car while some cool jazz plays in the background and the credits roll.


  • Nichelle Nichols appears braless under a very flimsy dress.
  • Annik Borel is topless, running toward the camera in broad daylight

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  • widescreen anamorphic

Of course, the intricacies of plotting have never been all that critical to this genre. When these Blaxpolitation movies work best, they feature a lot of funny trash talk, great music, and cool characters. I'd say this one was about average in all respects. Isaac and the main bad guy, played by Yaphet Kotto, were pretty cool, the music was OK but unmemorable. The trash talk was sometimes pretty funny, but there just wasn't enough of it.  Overall, it's an average genre film. I think it would have been a better film if they had cut back on the car chases and gunfights in order to make the characters less anonymous, and more colorful and memorable.

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C. Good - not great - genre film. Nothing of interest if the genre doesn't appeal to you.

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