Convoy (1978) Poster



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The duck on the hood of Rubber Duck's (Kris Kristofferson) Mack truck was later used in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (2007) as the hood ornament on Stuntman Mike's (Kurt Russell) hotrod. It was created by John Billings, for which he received a thanks credit from Tarantino.
In CB radio slang, 'Rubber duck' is the first vehicle of the convoy.
Director Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds were offered a chance to do this film, but they decided to make Smokey and The Bandit instead.
Director Sam Peckinpah allowed actor and long-time associate James Coburn to work on the movie as a second-unit director to get his DGA card, and rumour has it that Coburn actually directed some scenes when Peckinpah was "unwell."
This film was a hit in the Soviet Union at the time, as the film showed a working-class rebellion against a corrupt government.
The Mack truck in the shootout scene on the Bridge was actually damaged so badly that it broke down just moments before filming the scene and had to be pushed across the bridge by a bulldozer to complete the scene.
The song had been written in 1974 by Bill Fries (aka CW McCall) for a series of bread commercials, and the result was a popular trend with CB radios and trucker lingo. By the time the movie went into production in 1977, the trend had already faded, but that didn't stop it from being a box office hit.
The four leading actors all appeared in previous Sam Peckinpah films: Kris Kristofferson (Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) ), Ali MacGraw (The Getaway (1972)), Ernest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch (1969)), and Burt Young (The Killer Elite (1975)).
Sam Peckinpah's original cut of Convoy was around three and a half hours long. Since he wasn't involved in post production, movie was edited by studio staff and editor Garth Craven down to 1 hour and 50 minutes long running time.
In Bill L. Norton's second draft of the screenplay dated January 1977 the trucker stadium funeral takes place at the beginning instead of the end.
Although the movie was inspired by the 1976 song of the same title, the song really didn't have much of a plot. So after the screenplay was written, Bill Fries (aka CW McCall) recorded a new version of the song, with lyrics that incorporated the characters and events of the film. This is the version that is played during the final credits.
According to the audio commentary on 42nd Street Forever Volume 4, Gene Hackman turned down directing the film.
The name of the company on the door of Burt Young's truck is "Paulie Hauling." "Paulie" is the name of Young's popular character in Rocky (1976).
The "tank" used at the end of the movie is actually an M42 40mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun called a "Duster". It was used in the Korean War for anti-aircraft and in the Vietnam War for truck convoy protection duty.

Director Cameo 

Sam Peckinpah:  a sound engineer aboard a mobile unit, wearing his trademark mirror sunglasses.

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