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The Last of the Cowboys (1977)

This movie is about an aging trucker named Elegant John Howard. Howard decides he and his truck Elenor has one more good run in them, and with the help of a hitchhiker and a few others he will make it happen.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Elegant John Howard
Eileen Brennan ... Penelope Pearson
Austin Pendleton ... Guido
Robert Englund ... Beebo Crozier
Dub Taylor ... Harley Davidson
John Byner ... Bobby Apples
Susan Sarandon ... Ginny
Melanie Mayron ... Lula
Leigh French ... Glinda
Mews Small ... Alice (as Mayra Small)
Daina House Daina House ... Celeste (as Dana House)
Gary Sandy ... Charlie La Pere
Valerie Curtin ... Mary Agnes
Johnnie Collins III Johnnie Collins III ... Jimmy
Bibi Osterwald ... Annie McCarigle
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This movie is about an aging trucker named Elegant John Howard. Howard decides he and his truck Elenor has one more good run in them, and with the help of a hitchhiker and a few others he will make it happen.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1979 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Smokey Roadblock See more »

Filming Locations:

Oroville, California, USA

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Mar Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The truck in this movie is a 1976 Kenworth W900 with a Detroit Diesel engine. See more »

Goofs

There are no visible mountains from the beaches of South Carolina. The beach scene was obviously filmed on the West Coast. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Basket Case (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Still the One
(uncredited)
Written by John Hall and Johanna Hall
Performed by Orleans
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Strictly drive-in fare
15 May 2005 | by lightninboySee all my reviews

Henry Fonda plays Elegant John, an old trucker who steals back his prized rig in California and takes off with almost no money. His Kenworth tractor has the name Eleanor on it. Elegant John once met Eleanor Roosevelt. He pulls a Fruehauf van with a "sunroof". Why is he called Elegant John? Well, sonny, if you drive five million miles without being late or having a wreck, you deserve to be called Elegant. Elegant John picks up Bible-thumping hitchhiker Beebo Crozier, who is going to Florida to learn motel management. Elegant John stops and gets fuel. Beebo reluctantly pays for fuel. The two stop at a whorehouse for truckers at Cheyenne, Wyoming, a possible homage to Fonda's movie The Cheyenne Social Club. The prostitutes are about to be raided, and the madam hires Elegant John to take them to the coast of South Carolina to start another prostitution business. Thus Elegant John's trip will be coast to coast. They go through Kansas and have a commotion near Springfield, Missouri, with Dub Taylor's character Harley Davidson. After that, there's a truck stop dancing scene to the music of Orleans' "Still the One", which is pop rock in a country sort of way. The movie claims that it's a compliment for a truck driver to be called a cowboy, but I've seen where an out-of-place, amateur, careless truck driver is called a cowboy or a cotton picker. There's a great Smokey roadblock in Georgia to stop them. Will Elegant John's Kenworth plow through a bunch of old Mopars? Will Elegant John live to see the Atlantic Ocean? And what is Beebo going to do with his life, now that it has taken an unexpected turn? This movie is just a hodgepodge of elements thrown together for drive-in fare.


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