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Convoy (1978)

PG | | Action, Drama | 10 June 1978 (Japan)
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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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
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Violet
Walter Kelley ...
Federal Agent Hamilton
Jackson D. Kane ...
Big Nasty (as J.D. Kane)
Billy Hughes ...
Pack Rat (as Billy E. Hughes)
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White Rat
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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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Kristofferson and MacGraw...ain't nothin' gonna get in their way!

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Action | Drama

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10 June 1978 (Japan)  »

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Konvoj  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song "Old Home Fill 'Er 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 him 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, however, the trend had already faded, but that didn't stop it from being a box-office hit. See more »

Goofs

When Sheriff Lyle's squad car gets sandwiched by two trucks, the camera used inside the car is mounted in the rear, but its size was such that it couldn't be positioned out of shot of the second camera mounted on a flatbed trailer in front of the action. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Sloane: [On the CB] I don't read nothin' in scripture that says thou shall not put the pedal to the metal.
Rubber Duck: Welcome aboard there, Reverend. We could sure use some spiritual help here. Think you can handle it?
Reverend Sloane: It's a pleasure, our pleasure. We're just tryin' to do a good job, Brother Rubber.
Rubber Duck: [to Melissa] Brother Rubber? What is that guy's name? He ain't no Reverend.
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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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Keep on the Sunny Side
Composed by A.P. Carter/Gary Garett
Peer International Corp. BMI
Performed by Doc Watson
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User Reviews

 
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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