Convoy (1978)

PG  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Martin 'Rubber Duck' Penwald
Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace
Bobby 'Love Machine' 'Pig Pen'
Widow Woman
Spider Mike
Chuck Arnoldi
Governer Jerry Haskins
Cassie Yates ...
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)


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


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Release Date:

24 August 1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Konvoj  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 5,007,045 (Sweden)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In CB radio slang, 'Front Door' is the first vehicle of the convoy. See more »


The Sheriff from Texas gets into his car to get away from the truckers. In one close-up he is on the left side of the car driving but in another shot he is on the right. See more »


Big Nasty: [On the CB] Hallelujah! Looks like we've got some long-haired friends of Jesus back there.
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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 »


References Rocky (1976) See more »


Southern Nights
Written by Allen Toussaint
courtesy of Warner-Tamerlane (as Warner-Tamerline) Publishing Corp./Marsaint Music, Inc. BMI
Performed by Glen Campbell
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Convoy: Potential unused
24 March 2004 | by (Örebro, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Uneven but at times entertaining Peckinpah film. It doesn't feel as nasty today as it maybe did in the late 1970´s.

Kris Kristofferson is cool in his role but it doesn't hold the film together enough.

"Convoy" is made in typical Peckinpah style but it doesn't seem to match that good in this case. The slow-motion fist fight on the bar is not astonishing.

Even if it is based on a song, the story seem to work, but there should have been some changes and maybe the scriptwriter should have add something more.

Rating: 5 of 10.

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