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RIDING THE BULLET
aka STEPHEN KING'S RIDING THE BULLET
USA: Motion Picture Corporation Of America / Freestyle Releasing
UK DVD: Metrodome
Cast: Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Hershey, Erika Christensen, Matt Frewer, Nicky Katt, Howard Kaylan, Chris Gauthier, Robin Nielsen
Director: Mick Garris
Countries: USA / Germany / Canada
USA: 98 mins
UK: 95 mins
USA Rated: R for violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and some nudity
UK Certificate: 15
USA Release Date: 15 October 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 6 August 2007
October 1969. The Summer of Love is over and a winter of hate is about to paint the ideals of the Flower Power Generation black.
Alan Parker (Jonathan Jackson) is a young, struggling artists studying at the University of Maine whose world is haunted by images of death. Believing he is losing his girlfriend Jessica (Erika Christensen), Alan's obsession with the dark side pushes him to try to take his own life on his birthday. Some friends thwart his desperate act, yet events go from bad to worse, as Alan soon discovers he has opened a door letting death literally enter his life.
Recovering from his self-inflicted wounds and about to embark on a road trip to a John Lennon concert with his buddies, Artie and Hector he hears the bad news that his mother Jean (Barbara Hershey) has suffered a stroke and is lying at death's door in a hospital over a 100 miles away. Rejecting his friends' offer to drive him, Alan decides to hitchhike, hoping he'll make it in time.
But it is Halloween night (October 31st) and Alan is about to discover that he has started down a nightmare road which will take him on both an odyssey into the black recesses of the human heart and a journey that will bring him face to face with Death incarnate.
Director's commentary by Mick Garris
"Shooting The Bullet" featurette