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Convoy (1978)

 -  Action | Drama  -  24 August 1978 (UK)
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Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Martin 'Rubber Duck' Penwald
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Melissa
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Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace
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Bobby 'Love Machine' 'Pig Pen'
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Widow Woman
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Spider Mike
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Chuck Arnoldi
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Governer Jerry Haskins
Cassie Yates ...
Violet
Walter Kelley ...
Federal Agent Hamilton
Jackson D. Kane ...
Big Nasty (as J.D. Kane)
Billy Hughes ...
Pack Rat (as Billy E. Hughes)
Whitey Hughes ...
White Rat
Bill Coontz ...
Old Iguana (as Bill Foster)
Tommy J. Huff ...
Lizard Tongue (as Thomas Huff)
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Storyline

While driving through the Arizona desert, Albuquerque based independent trucker Martin Penwald - who goes by the handle "Rubber Duck" - along with his fellow truckers "Pig Pen" and "Spider Mike", are entrapped by unscrupulous Sheriff Lyle "Cottonmouth" Wallace using a key tool of the trucker's trade, the citizens' band (CB) radio. Rubber Duck and Cottonmouth have a long, antagonistic history. When this encounter later escalates into a more physical one as Cottonmouth threatens Spider Mike, a man who just wants to get home to his pregnant wife, Rubber Duck and other the truckers involved, including Spider Mike, Pig Pen and "Widow Woman", go on the run, figuring the best thing to do being to head to New Mexico to avoid prosecution. Along for the ride is Melissa, a beautiful photographer who just wanted a ride to the airport. As news of what happened spreads over the CB airwaves, other truckers join their convoy as a show of support. Cottonmouth rallies other law enforcement officers ... Written by Huggo

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trucker | convoy | sheriff | cb radio | truck | See more »

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Kristofferson and MacGraw...ain't nothin' gonna get in their way!

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24 August 1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Konvoj  »

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SEK 5,007,045 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Although the movie was inspired by the 1976 song of the same title, the song really didn't have much of a plot. So after the screenplay was written, Bill Fries (aka CW McCall) recorded a new version of the song, with lyrics that incorporated the characters and events of the film. This is the version that is played during the final credits. See more »

Goofs

When Sheriff Lyle's squad car gets sandwiched by two trucks, the camera used inside the car is mounted in the rear, but its size was such that it couldn't be positioned out of shot of the second camera mounted on a flatbed trailer in front of the action. See more »

Quotes

Melissa: But they're all following you.
Rubber Duck: [looks at Melissa then road] No, they ain't. I'm just in front of them.
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Crazy Credits

During the final credits, clips from the movie are played. These include a few brief shots which don't appear in the final film (such as the final clip of the couple in the antique car). The clips also *roughly* follow the film backwards (the first few clips are from the end of the film, and they progress back to the beginning). See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Earth vs. the Spider (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Convoy
Chip Davis and Bill Fries, Composers
American Gramaphone, SESAC
Performed by Bill Fries (as C.W. McCall)
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The Number One Greatest Movie of All-Time, Bar None, I Tell You!
12 March 1999 | by (Fort Collins, CO) – See all my reviews

This is the one. I have never in my life come across a better movie in the history of filmdom. It is the end-all, be-all greatest thing to hit the silver screen. While I never was the biggest fan of country music, there's just something that rocks about trucker songs. And can anyone possibly match the climax of the movie? I think not. Has there ever been a movie more fun to root against the cops? Dirty Lyle is the ultimate anti-hero. Despite the "only in Hollywood" ending, the movie still brings a smile to my face every time I watch it. Heart-pounding excitement and thrills through and through. And just remember that all of these actors had to learn to drive 18-wheelers, which is not exactly the easiest of tasks. Very impressive!


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