Truck Turner (Isaac Hayes) is a violent bounty hunter who goes after a criminal, and in the ensuing pursuit, the fugitive is killed. The lover of the dead crook swears vengeance and hires a gang of hitmen to kill Truck.
Apart from providing the voice for South Park‘s Chef, soul brother Isaac Hayes is probably better known for his Oscar-winning Shaft theme than for his acting. Here he makes a credible hero as the ruthless bounty hunter whose targets are pimps and pushers in a typical 1970s blaxploitation action movie in the mould of Black Caesar (1973) and Superfly (1972).
Director Jonathan Kaplan – who went on to make The Accused (1988) and once studied film under Martin Scorsese – provides the no-frills, in-your-face action, while also eliciting an outrageous performance from Star Trek‘s Nichelle Nichols as a mean, foul-mouthed whorehouse madam.
But feminists beware. At one point, a girl complains that Hayes’s ideal night out is getting her drunk and then hitting the sack. “OK, OK,” he apologises, “We’ll get something to eat first”.