Riding the Bullet (film)

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Riding the Bullet
Directed by Mick Garris
Produced by
Written by Mick Garris
Based on Riding the Bullet
by Stephen King
Distributed by Innovation Film
Release date
  • October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)
Running time
98 minutes
Language English
Box office $134,711 (United States)[1]

Riding the Bullet is a 2004 horror film, directed by Mick Garris. It is an adaptation of Stephen King's 2000 novella of the same name. The film, which received a limited theatrical release, was not successful in theaters; it earned a domestic gross of $134,711.[2]


Set in 1969, Alan Parker (Jonathan Jackson) is a young artist, studying at the University of Maine. He becomes obsessed with death, and believing he is losing his girlfriend, Jessica (Christensen), he tries to commit suicide on his birthday. His friends surprise him, and he cuts himself, which sends him to the hospital. He eventually recovers and decides to accompany them to a John Lennon concert.

Before leaving he receives news that his only living relative, his mother, Jean (Hershey), is in the hospital because of a stroke and is near death. Alan decides to hitchhike to reach the hospital before she dies. On his way there, he has multiple strange encounters with the living and dead. The film ends when Alan, now in his 40's, tells the audience that his mother died of a heart attack while watching television. He married his girlfriend Jessica, but it only lasted four years.

Alan never made it as an artist, but he does go to the theme park every summer in memory of his mother. While walking from the park, a person who looks like his friend George Staub offers him a ride, but he refuses. He tells him to "take your button and get outta here".


  • Jonathan Jackson – Alan Parker
  • David Arquette – George Staub
  • Cliff Robertson – Farmer
  • Barbara Hershey – Jean Parker
  • Erika Christensen – Jessica Hadley
  • Barry W. Levy – Julian Parker
  • Nicky Katt – Ferris
  • Jackson Warris – Six-Year-Old Alan
  • Jeff Ballard – 12-Year-Old Alan
  • Peter LaCroix – Mature Alan
  • Chris Gauthier – Hector Passmore
  • Robin Nielsen – Archie Howard
  • Matt Frewer – Mr. Clarkson
  • Simon Webb – Grim Reaper
  • Keith Dallas – Orderly
  • Danielle Dunn-Morris – Mrs. Janey McCurdy

King casting connections[edit]

Ben Cotton played Hank in The Dead Zone (2002) TV series.

Sandra-Jessica Couturier played a Jury Member in The Dead Zone (2002) TV series.

Matt Frewer played Trashcan Man in The Stand (1994 TV miniseries), Dr. Charles George in Quicksilver Highway (1997 film), Ralph Carver in Desperation (2006 TV movie), and Sid Noonan in Bag of Bones (2011 TV miniseries).

Cynthia Garris played Laurie in Sleepwalkers (1992 film), Susan Stern in The Stand (1994 TV miniseries), 217 Woman in The Shining (1997 TV miniseries), and Ellen George in Quicksilver Highway (1997 film).

Robin Nielson played Billy Goatee in The Dead Zone (2002 TV series).

David Purvis played the Drunk in Kingdom Hospital (2004 TV series).

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