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Recently I've been watching "Ice Road Truckers" and it reminded me of a film I watched not long ago called "Hell Drivers" a trucking film with an awesome cast. It came out in 1957 and is a true classic, definitely worth watching.
I only really knew of Patrick McGoohan from The Prisoner and Dangerman and whilst he was pretty tacatern and liked to use a bit of brute force now and then, it was nothing in comparison with his character as the mean truck driver "Red" who bullies the other drivers, takes a wild shortcut and beats them all on the amount of daily loads.
'Red' is a nasty piece of work and it's obvious that Tom Yateley (Stanley Baker) is going to be a bit of an upstart towards the trucking regime, an ex-con he is willing to go head to head with Red both in terms of fighting physically and for loads.
The truckers live relatively simple lives, pushing themselves to the limit and earning good money in the process, staying with Ma West their landlady, getting drunk and trying to mingle amongst the local female population. Tom is a very closed character and to some extent reminds me of The Man with no Name in his mannerisms.
Tom befriends a hillarious Italian called Gino Rossi, played by Herbert Lom - Gino is undoubtedly the most upbeat and cheerful character, being Italian he's naturally got female troubles too! Without giving away too much of the plot, matters get complicated and there's death, scandals and romance!
Sean Connery also has a role as one of the truck drivers, who are somewhat interestingly given numbers in a similar fashion to The Prisoner!
The truck driving is some of the most unrealistic filming I've ever seen but it's easy to get carried away with the film regardless and it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.