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The Great Smokey Roadblock (1977)

The Last of the Cowboys (original title)
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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John Leone

Writer:

John Leone
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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 ... 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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You're in for the ride of a lifetime! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Susan Sarandon has a co-producer credit on this film. 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 »

Quotes

Harley Davidson: I've heard of a temple on wheels. I've seen a swimming pool in the back of a end of a truck. I've seen trucks with jock straps made o' red silk. But I ain't never seen a mobile cathouse!
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Still the One
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Written by John Hall and Johanna Hall
Performed by Orleans
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Comedic road flick about a Trucker's final run with Henry Fonda
25 November 2020 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

A dying trucker (Henry Fonda) throws caution to the wind by stealing back his repossessed semi and venturing his last haul across the country with a Bible-spouting sidekick (Robert Englund), a madam (Eileen Brennan) and her six girls.

"The Great Smokey Roadblock" (1977) was originally titled "The Last of the Cowboys" and was presumably changed to take advantage of the success of "Smokey and the Bandit." While this one focuses on a trucker and a band of prostitutes, it's just as entertaining as that more popular road farce and maybe a smidgen more.

The movie repeatedly points out that Fonda's character is 60 years old, but he was actually 71 during filming and looked it. Don't get me wrong, he looked good for his age and had his usual charisma, but he didn't look 60, unless he had lived a very hard life.

Curvy Daina House is the highlight on the feminine front, but I strangely found grumpy Alice (Mews Small) notable too. Susan Sarandon is also on hand before she made it big. Actually the entire female cast is entertaining because they're fleshed out as individuals.

The geography is disingenuous as Northern California is passed off for places like Missouri, the Smokey Mountains and the Carolina coast. Yet even big budget movies back then did this, let alone small flicks like this one.

The film runs 1 hour, 44 minutes, and was shot in Oroville, California.

GRADE: B-


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1979 (Norway) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Oroville, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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