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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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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

The engine sound of the Duck's truck changes repeatedly - i.e. at one point it's a Detroit Diesel, then Cummins, then Cat, and at one point a Chevy smallblock. 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: Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep on the Sunny Side
A.P. Carter, Gary Garett, Composers
Peer International Corp. BMI
Performed by Doc Watson
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Pretty good trucker flick
2 December 2002 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Convoy is the shallowest of Sam Peckinpah's films, but by no means the worst. It contains some oddball characters and a number of memorable sequences, and alternately funny and thought-provoking dialogue. It also features one of the very best Ernest Borgnine performances that I can remember - not bad for a man who won an Oscar for Marty!

The story traces the fortunes of some truckers, led by "Rubber Duck" (Kris Kristofferson), as they drive through the states of New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. They are pursued by the law, and gradually more and more truckers join on at the back of the line until they have literally hundreds of lorries, all roaring along the highways in protest of the prejudicial treatment they receive from the cops.

Kristofferson is supremely enigmatic as the leader of the pack. Ali MacGraw is a bit of a bore as his female companion. As mentioned before, the real star is Borgnine, mean and menacing, funny and cruel as the cop who dedicates his life to victimising truck drivers. For such a shallow film, it looks and sounds beautiful. Even the car chase through the sand is poetic. I can't explain what's good about this picture. It sounds dull and pointless, yet to watch it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Convoy is a contradiction of itself.... plotless, pointless, thinly plotted, and yet still (somehow) a top notch film!


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