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The Long Haul

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1957
  • Ken Hughes
  • 100 mins
  • PG

Summary

A former GI finds himself caught up in the crime syndicate that controls the trucking industry after taking a job as a long-haul driver in Britain. Drama, starring Victor Mature, Diana Dors and Patrick Allen

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Victor Mature stars in this British thriller as a demobbed GI who winds up driving trucks for a Liverpool haulage company when his English wife proves reluctant to move back to the States. The film landed in UK cinemas a month after terrific truck-driving action drama Hell Drivers with Stanley Baker, and while tamer by comparison, it still does pretty well in transplanting film noir moves to a humdrum British setting. Square-jawed Patrick Allen's gangland operator proves Mature's nemesis as the plot forces the desperate driver off the straight and narrow, just as he's distracted by the temptation of sultry moll Diana Dors. Their chemistry keeps the movie on a strong simmer, and Dors impressively makes the most of her role. The excitement levels pick up in the final reel, which injects some Wages of Fear-inspired jeopardy into proceedings, as Mature is called upon to put his Leyland rig through its paces.

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Credits

Cast

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Harry MillerVictor Mature
LynnDiana Dors
Joe EasyPatrick Allen
Connie MillerGene Anderson
FrankPeter Reynolds
TruckerEdward Judd
Taxi driverSam Kydd
Young Liverpool driverNorman Rossington
Employee of Joe EasyArthur Mullard

Crew

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DirectorKen Hughes

Details

Theatrical distributor
Marksman Prods Ltd
Released on
1957-08-27
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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