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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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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 | cb radio | truck | sheriff | 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)  »

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SEK 5,007,045 (Sweden)
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Trivia

According to the audio commentary on 42nd Street Forever Volume 4, Gene Hackman turned down directing the film. See more »

Goofs

When the convoy has to stop because of the school bus, Pig Pen runs into an ice cream truck; the back doors on the ice cream truck swing open and one falls to the ground. In the next shot the door is still on the truck. See more »

Quotes

Rubber Duck: You ever seen a duck that couldn't swim? Quack, quack!
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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 My Name Is Earl: Made a Lady Think I Was God (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I Cheated on a Good Woman's Love
Del Bryant, Composer
Onhisown Music BMI
Performed by Billy 'Crash' Craddock
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Come on back Rubber Duck.
5 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Truckers, led by Rubber Duck are fed up of being harassed by vindictive traffic cop Lyle Wallace. After a fight breaks out between the truckers and the police {started by Wallace's bullying tactics} the truckers flee towards New Mexico. What starts out as a few trucks turns into a giant convoy and soon the chase becomes a media event and a political tool for votes.

Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall, and directed by Sam Peckinpah, Convoy became, surprisingly to most in the industry, a hugely popular film. Containing no plot of any substance, it does however have an enormous sense of fun and features some nice Peckinpah flourishes. Huge trucks tearing across the landscape surprisingly makes for easy on the eye cinema, dust tracks framed in poetic style, slow motion car crashes and, erm, chickens falling from a coop, in fact lots of crash bang and wallop to entertain. Outside of that, what heart there is in the piece is to be found in the free spirited nature of our truckers, especially Rubber Duck who becomes something of a hero to anyone who uses the road. Kris Kristofferson plays Rubber Duck and it's a great bit of casting, Ernest Borgnine suitably steps into Sheriff Wallace's big trousers and Burt Young is dead on entertaining as Pig Pen. Sadly this is yet another film that proves Ali MacGraw just couldn't act, tho in her defence here the character Melissa, is poor and totally pointless.

Convoy is the sort of film that i personally understand if folk hate it and think it has no merits whatsoever, but much like Smokey And The Bandit from the previous year, vehicles going fast and creating mayhem makes for a whole lot of fun to be taken with a pinch of cheek. 7/10


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