PG certificateHell Drivers is a Film programme that first aired in 1958 and has been classified a PG certificate.

Hell Drivers is a 4 star programme

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Hell Drivers (1958)

Directed by
Cy Endfield
C. Raker Endfield

Under-rated at the time of its release, Cy Endfield's gritty 1957 British thriller is now rightly regarded as a classic.

Showing here as part of BBC Two's season of great British Films, the film has a tough, taut plot, and a tremendous climax. Tom Yately, played by Stanley Baker, is fresh out of prison, and looking for work. He hears that a haulage firm is hiring ballast drivers, and decides to apply.

But this is no ordinary haulage firm. There's a money-making scam afoot, and the drivers are forced to make dangerous runs at breakneck speed to fulfil the quotas.

Baker is tremendous as the naive new member of the Hell Drivers who's keen to keep his past hidden. But it's Patrick McGoohan - in his first major role - who steals the show. He's utterly stand-out as C "Red" Redman, the abrasive and unpredictable foreman who drives truck number one.

And that's not all. The cast reads like a "Who's Who" of famous faces, many of whom blossomed in the cinema and TV during the next few years. So apart from Herbert Lom and William Hartnell, look out for Sean Connery, Sid James, Alfie Bass and Gordon Jackson and David McCallum.


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Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1958

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour

When is Hell Drivers next on TV?

It's next showing on Talking Pictures Tonight, 7:00pm and on Talking Pictures October 29th, 9:05pm. See more...


Image for Stanley BakerStanley Baker...Tom Yately
Peggy Cummins...Lucy Hawlett Trucking Secretary
Image for Patrick McGoohanPatrick McGoohan...C. 'Red' Redman Foreman
Image for Herbert LomHerbert Lom...Gino Rossi
Image for William HartnellWilliam Hartnell...Cartley Hawlett Manager
Wilfrid Lawson...Ed Hawlett Mechanic
Image for Sidney JamesSidney James...Dusty Truck Driver
Image for Jill IrelandJill Ireland...Jill Pull In Waitress
Alfie Bass...Tinker Truck Driver
Image for Gordon JacksonGordon Jackson...Scottie
Image for David McCallumDavid McCallum...Jimmy Yately Tom's brother
Image for Sean ConnerySean Connery...Johnny Kates
Wensley Pithey...Pop Truck 4 Driver
George Murcell...Tub Truck Driver
Marjorie Rhodes...Ma West Landlady