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This movie gave a slightly glamorized (and dirty) view into the world
of the American trucking industry circa 1973-75. Without crossing over
into making a film only truckers and their kin would enjoy, they kept
the story and the action fast-paced yet clear as to what is happening
unseen. It's not a "CB Fad" movie. A very "Americana" type film which
gives a terrific look at the middle American fighting for himself and
his ideals. Even though it is a semi-cheesy "B" movie by any standard,
the characters are easily related to and the storyline is easy to get
involved with, and the action is fun without getting too excessive
(gee- a trucker who isn't a gravity defying martial artist!).
Jan-Michael Vincent is at perhaps his best, with Kay Lenz as the perfect naggy whiny trucker's old lady- just cute enough to want to come home to. The musical score is cliché' by today's standards, but dead-on for that time. Some of the old country tunes actually sound pretty good even today (though the twang twang stuff, and the musically reproduced truck horns grew old after while).
When it is cold and wet and foreboding outside, leaving one to fend for
a good escape into fantasy and a time gone by, then this movie
DELIVERS. Say whatever you want about miniscule "holes" in the story,
or the tedium applied to the cinematography or the excessive use of
slow camera effects in the fight sequences, THIS IS ENTERTAINMENT.
This movie carries the viewer into a whole new world- not like the one inhabited by Hobbits and Elves, and other creatures that obviously DO NOT exist- but rather a world of old France where the people are stranger than fiction and the times are changing. Fables meet their demise AND their verification in this film.
It's not a movie I would call a "favorite", but it IS a movie that I consider a "guilty pleasure" on a day that affords me three hours to slip out of my existence and follow a satisfying and well-presented fantasy. Every millimeter of every frame is a work of art, and that alone is worth getting lost in.