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.



(screen story and screenplay) (as B.W.L. Norton) , (song) (as 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?


Sam Peckinpah encouraged his stars to write their own dialogue. James Coburn admitted that "There was no conflict. They didn't know what the fuck was going on." See more »


The sports car that Lyle commandeers does not have a rear view mirror. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Ghost Chase (1987) 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
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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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