Cast and Crew: Jonathan Kaplan (Director); Fred Weintraub (Producer); Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Sam Laws, Charles Cyphers, Scatman Crothers, Dick Miller, Stan Shaw
What It’s About: After he kills a pimp named Gator (Paul Harris) in self-defense, skip-tracer “Truck” Turner (Isaac Hayes) must fight for his life when madame Dorinda (Nichelle Nichols) offers up her stable of high-class prostitutes to any pimp that kills Turner.
Why Watch it Today?: Nichelle Nichols turns 70 today. Dorinda is one of Nichelle’s few non-Uhura feature film roles, which is a shame because her scenes in Turner play like Greek Tragedy or Shakespeare meets Blaxploitation. Truck Turner isn’t high art, it isn’t even a top Blaxploitation film, but it features a great ensemble cast of character actors and is way more fun than most films of its type, not to mention an absolutely top-end soundtrack.