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White Line Fever (1975)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 16 July 1975 (USA)
In the 1970s Arizona, a young married man becomes an independent long-haul driver and he risks his life fighting the corruption in the local long-haul trucking industry.

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Jonathan Kaplan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Carrol Jo Hummer
Kay Lenz ... Jerri Kane Hummer
Slim Pickens ... Duane Haller
L.Q. Jones ... Buck
Sam Laws ... Pops
Don Porter ... Cutler
R.G. Armstrong ... Prosecutor
Leigh French ... Lucy
Johnny Ray McGhee Johnny Ray McGhee ... Carnell
Dick Miller ... Birdie
Martin Kove ... Clem
Jamie Anderson ... Jamie
David Garfield David Garfield ... Witness Miller (as John David Garfield)
Nate Long Nate Long ... Sunglasses
Ron Nix ... Deputy
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Storyline

Returning from a stint in the Air Force, Carrol Jo Hummer borrows money to buy a truck, hoping to make enough money hauling produce to marry Jerri Kane and set up housekeeping. He discovers that the long-haul business is run by racketeers and decides to fight the corrupt forces that control the trucking business. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Carrol Jo Hummer--A working man who's had enough! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Henkensä kaupalla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,000,000, 31 December 1975
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the September 1, 1975 edition of Newsweek magazine, the scene where the truck crashes through the corrupt company's logo cost $130,000 ($630,000 in 2018) to stage and shoot. See more »

Goofs

Where Carrol Jo and Pops are being chased by the dark green truck, at one point they hit that truck as it's backing up. Afterwords when Pops walks around their truck, there is absolutely no damage to the front of Carrol Jo's rig. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 42nd Street Forever! Volume 1: Horror on 42nd Street (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight at the Oasis
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Written by David Nichtern
Instrumental version heard at the family planning clinic
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David Vs. Goliath …. The Trucker's Edition!
6 August 2011 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I love 70's cult cinema, I adore trucker movies and I absolutely worship Jan-Michael Vincent whom I consider to be one of the few genuine dukes of coolness amongst B-movie actors. In other words, the chance of me personally disliking anything about "White Line Fever" were very slim! So if you're looking for a natural and 100% unbiased review, perhaps it's better to read someone else's because I truly love this type of exploitation trash. This is one of Jan-Michael's better performances, for sure, and also one that perfectly fits together amongst some of his other contemporary and sadly underrated gems like "Shadow of the Hawk" and "Vigilante Force". Vincent's character Carroll Jo Hummer returns home from the Vietnam war and intends to pick up his family life again. Just for fun's sake, try to compose a list of ALL the 1970's movies that start with the protagonist(s) returning from 'Nam and trying to pick up their lives again! Hummer's father was a respected trucker in rural Arizona, but he died and Carroll Jo wants to continue the family's trucking tradition. He marries his high-school sweetheart Jerri Kane and together they invest all their money in a cool truck named "the Blue Mule". Finding work isn't really a problem, but the Arizona trucking business is being controlled by corrupt and fraudulent big shots who insist on smuggling stolen and illegal goods. When Carroll Jo refuses to be part of these crimes, he quickly finds himself boycotted and in severe financial issues. When he attempts to fight back, along with a chosen few other earnest and old-fashioned truckers, the crooked magnates don't even hesitate to attack his wife and unborn child. Okay, admittedly "White Line Fever" contains rather too many tedious parts simply showing trucks on the road and the screenplay is chock-full of clichés, but the whole ambiance and settings are irresistibly 70's. The action sequences are quite rough and violent, which certainly isn't a point of criticism coming from yours truly, and the climax sequence is a wonderful example of imaginative symbolism. Handsome Jan-Michael also receives excellent support from a nice assembly of reliable B-movie actors like Slim Pickens, LQ Jones and Dick Miller. Many fans of cult and exploitation cinema refer to "White Line Fever" as the best trucker movie ever made. I think they might be right...


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