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Trucker's Woman (1975)

Truckin' Man (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | May 1975 (USA)
A young man takes up truck-driving to investigate his trucker father's suspicious death.


Will Zens


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Documentary on the making of the low-budget 1970's drive-in cult classics Axe (1974) and Date with a Kidnapper (1976).

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Cast overview:
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ... Mike Kelly
Mary Cannon Mary Cannon ... Karen Fontaine
Doodles Weaver ... Ben Turner
Sid Rancer Sid Rancer ... Frankie
Phillip Rubenstein Phillip Rubenstein ... Lt. MacDonald
Jack Canon Jack Canon ... Jake Fontaine (as Jack Cannon)
Larry Drake ... Diesel Joe
Don Cummins Don Cummins ... Police Detective
Larry Lambeth Larry Lambeth ... Syndicate Man #1
Lynne Bradley Lynne Bradley ... Maggie
Peggy Linville Peggy Linville ... Lounge Singer
Frank Cottone Frank Cottone ... Frankie's Henchman
Jim Broadway Jim Broadway
Barry Dudley Barry Dudley


After his father is killed in a suspicious accident while driving his semi, Mike Kelly buys a truck and takes to the road. Along the way he encounters a fiesty young woman and an assortment of dubious characters, all of whom seem to provide some clue to his father's demise. Written by palisa66

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Release Date:

May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trucker's Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film, shot in three weeks (of November 1974) in Florence, South Carolina, was originally titled "Truckin' Man" and was shown under that title during the first six months of its theatrical release. The distributor thought a change to "Trucker's Woman" would increase the box office. See more »


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Brilliant horridness!
22 July 2008 | by howyoodoonSee all my reviews

Starting with its title, which contains a typo ("Truckers Woman," with no apostrophe) this little gem is the ne plus ultra of truly bad film-making. The cast consists of an oddball group of truly bad "actors". Michael Hawkins (who is actually Christian Slater's father)gives a hilariously off-kilter performance as the ersatz butch "Mike Kelly". His leading lady (Mary Cannon) is probably the most unattractive actress ever to be featured in a "starring" role, and couldn't act to save her life. She wears a helmet-like, streak-frosted fright wig throughout, even in her unfortunate nude scenes (she repeatedly exposes only one breast, mysteriously). Doodles Weaver (Sigourney's uncle) play's Mike Kelly's sidekick, Ben, and is obviously smashed throughout. Also, in a bone-chillingly over-the-top performance as "Diesel Joe," Larry Drake (who later won multiple Emmys for his role on TV's "L.A. Law") is hilarious. The writing, the dismal sets and appalling 70's polyester fashions all combine to make this one heck of a great bad film. I'm surprised more folks haven't caught onto this one yet. It's on DVD now on the Turner Classic Movies site...I suggest you RUN to get a copy!

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