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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
The song "Old home filler-up and keep on a truckin cafe" had been written in 1974 by Bill Fries (aka CW McCall) for a series of bread commercials in Nebraska , and the success of the song and commercials inspired Fries to write more trucking type songs, including Convoy , resulting in increased interest with CB radios and trucker lingo. By the time the movie went into production in 1977, the trend had already faded, but that didn't stop it from being a box office hit. See more »
When the truck is being shot up on the bridge, the left headlight is shot twice. See more »
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 »
Keep on the Sunny Side
Lyrics by Ada Blenkhorn (uncredited)
Music by J. Howard Entwisle (uncredited)
(incorrectly credited to A.P. Carter and Gary Garett)
courtesy of Peer International Corp. BMI
Performed by Doc Watson See more »
The truck drivers Martin "Rubber Duck" Penwald (Kris Kristofferson), Bobby "Love Machine" "Pig Pen" (Burt Young) and Spider Mike (Franklyn Ajaye) are crossing the Arizona desert and they are lured by the corrupt Sheriff Lyle "Cottonmouth" Wallace (Ernest Borgnine) that takes money from them. The truckers stop at a truck stop where Rubber Duck meets the photographer Melissa (Ali MacGraw) that asks for a ride to the airport. Soon the unscrupulous Sheriff Wallace comes to the restaurant and tells that he will arrest Spider Mike who wants to go home since his pregnant wife is near the delivery. The truckers react under the leadership of Rubber Duck and they leave the place in a convoy. Soon others truckers join the convoy in a huge protest.
"Convoy" is a funny silliness surprisingly directed by Sam Peckinpah. The plot is messy and the leader Rubber Duck does not have an objective for his movement. It could be a protest against the corruption from the officers, but the story is shallow. Ernest Borgnine "steals" the film and Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw do not have any chemistry. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Comboio" ("Convoy")
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