|Directed by||Stuart Gordon|
|Written by||Stuart Gordon|
|Music by||Colin Towns|
|Country||U.K. / U.S.A. / Ireland|
Space Truckers is a 1996 American/British/Irish comedy science-fiction film written and directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar and Charles Dance. It was filmed at Ardmore Studios, County Wicklow, Ireland.
The story concerns John Canyon, one of the last independent space transport entrepreneurs. Bad times have forced him to carry suspicious cargo to Earth without asking questions. During the flight the cargo turns out to be a multitude of virtually unstoppable killer robots.
At a corporation's base on the Neptunian moon Triton, soldiers — mercenaries — are setting up a defense perimeter to try to hold off an unstoppable cyborg warrior. Inside the base, the commander, Nabel, seals himself inside the control room. The cyborg destroys the soldiers' tank and then attacks a helicopter — which crashes into the base and the control room. The soldiers are killed one by one by the cyborg. Nabel finally deactivates the cyborg with a remote control. The remaining corporate employees discover that the cyborg was created by company owner E. J. Saggs. Saggs arrives at the base just as the battle ends, and takes the remote from Nabel. He reactivates the cyborg, who appears to kill Nabel.
Elshwere on Triton, Keller (a trucking company boss) is killed during a brawl. Truckers John, Cindy, and Mike have to take a job delivering "sex dolls" to Earth. Desperate to leave the station because they started the brawl, they depart — even though they are aware that their cargo is something other than sex dolls. John decides to go through the pirate-controlled "scum-zone". The truck is damaged and they are captured by the pirates. Cindy agrees to have sex with the pirate captain if he will take their cargo and let them go. The captain reveals himself to be Nabel, who survived Saggs's attempt on his life. His body was badly damaged, and he was saved only by having himself transformed into a (badly constructed) cyborg. Meanwhile, one of the cyborgs in the cargo hold comes to life, breaks out of its container, wounds Nabel, and kills several pirates. Cindy escapes and frees John and Mike. They take off for Earth, but the wounded Nabel is on board with them. He tells John and Mike the truth about their cargo, and warns them that the cyborgs will free themselves upon landing and killing the entire population. John tells Cindy and Mike to take the escape pod and he will release the cargo in the atmosphere so it will burn up on reentry. Cindy and Mike escape, and crash on Earth. John destroys his cargo, but his truck cannot make it back into space and is destroyed. John survives by leaving in the other escape pod, and crashing on Earth.
Down on Earth, Cindy and Mike decide to marry. They go to see Cindy's mother, who became ill 20 years ago and was frozen until a cure was found. John is smitten with the surprisingly young and nubile mother. The trio are taken to the hospital to recover from their wounds and adventures.
Meanwhile, Saggs becomes World President after the government is privatized. He visits John, Cindy, and Mike in the hospital. He offers John a new truck and gives the trio a suitcase full of money to keep them quiet about his cyborg invasion plan. Saggs then leaves. John agrees to the deal, but Mike angrily throws the suitcase out of the window. Below, Saggs has just gotten into his presidential limousine. Having planted a bomb in the suitcase, Saggs pushes the detonator button — just as the suitcase lands on his limousine's roof, killing him. With Saggs dead and Earth safe, Mike, Cindy, John, and Cindy's mother blast off in the brand new truck that Saggs gave them.
- Barbara Crampton-See as Carol
- Dennis Hopper as John Canyon
- Debi Mazar as Cindy
- Stephen Dorff as Mike Pucci
- George Wendt as Keller
- Charles Dance as Nabel/Macanudo
- Seamus Flavin as Chopper 4
- Jason O'Mara as Chopper 3
- Vernon Wells as Mr. Cutt
- Sandra Dickinson as Bitchin' Betty
- Tim Loane as Trooper Officer
- Ian Beattie as Trooper
- Olwen Fouéré as Building Commander
- Shane Rimmer as E. J. Saggs
- Roger Gregg as Tank Patrol
- Dennis Akayama as Tech Leader
- Graeme Wilkinson as Jackie
- Sean Lawlor as Mel
- Empire June 1997 p. 46 (UK) review (by Kim Newman)
- Film Review June 1997 p. 21 (UK) review (by James Cameron-Wilson)
- Total Film June 1997 p. 100 (UK) review (by Anthony Brown)
- Space Truckers w/Jason O'Mara
- Space Truckers at the Internet Movie Database
- Space Truckers at AllMovie