Hell Drivers (1957)

Dodgy goings-on in the macho world of haulage, where adrenaline and testosterone levels run high.

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Introduction

‘They fight to the death – and the weapons are ten-ton trucks!’ proclaimed Rank’s press release for this tale of tough guys vying to take the prize for hauling the most loads of ballast.

Racing at breakneck speeds by day and brawling by night, this group of thugs terrorises the local community. When ex-con ‘Tom’ (Stanley Baker) joins them, he gets a frosty reception from the other drivers but turns the head of the boss’s secretary, played with natural glamour by Peggy Cummins. Led by foreman Red (Patrick McGoohan), the gang of truckers – which includes Sid James and a pre-Bond Sean Connery – go out of their way to give Tom a rough ride, in more ways than one.

American director Endfield contributes a genuine noir-ish rawness to this low-budget feature, a treat for genre fans and truck enthusiasts alike.

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