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Convoy (1978)

Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writer:

Bill Norton (screen story and screenplay) (as B.W.L. Norton)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Rubber Duck
Ali MacGraw ... Melissa
Ernest Borgnine ... Lyle Wallace
Burt Young ... Pig Pen
Madge Sinclair ... Widow Woman
Franklyn Ajaye ... Spider Mike
Brian Davies ... Chuck Arnoldi
Seymour Cassel ... Governer Haskins
Cassie Yates ... Violet
Walter Kelley Walter Kelley ... Hamilton
Jackson D. Kane Jackson D. Kane ... Big Nasty (as J.D. Kane)
Billy Hughes Billy Hughes ... Pack Rat (as Billy E. Hughes)
Whitey Hughes ... White Rat
Bill Coontz ... Old Iguana (as Bill Foster)
Tommy J. Huff ... Lizard Tongue (as Thomas Huff)
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Storyline

While driving through the Arizona desert, Albuquerque based independent trucker Martin Penwald - who goes by the handle "Rubber Duck" - along with his fellow truckers "Pig Pen" and "Spider Mike", are entrapped by unscrupulous Sheriff Lyle "Cottonmouth" Wallace using a key tool of the trucker's trade, the citizens' band (CB) radio. Rubber Duck and Cottonmouth have a long, antagonistic history. When this encounter later escalates into a more physical one as Cottonmouth threatens Spider Mike, a man who just wants to get home to his pregnant wife, Rubber Duck and other the truckers involved, including Spider Mike, Pig Pen and "Widow Woman", go on the run, figuring the best thing to do being to head to New Mexico to avoid prosecution. Along for the ride is Melissa, a beautiful photographer who just wanted a ride to the airport. As news of what happened spreads over the CB airwaves, other truckers join their convoy as a show of support. Cottonmouth rallies other law enforcement officers ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Kristofferson and MacGraw...ain't nothin' gonna get in their way!

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Konvoj See more »

Filming Locations:

Estancia, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$45,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films,United Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Caitlyn Jenner was considered for a role in this film. See more »

Goofs

When the truck gets shot at the end, the windshield gets hit a few times in close up, and then in the wide shot is whole again, only to be shot up once more. See more »

Quotes

Rubber Duck: [On meeting Lyle Wallace] Jesus Christ.
Sheriff Lyle Wallace aka Cottonmouth: Hello, R.D.
Rubber Duck: Boys, this is the Papa Bear.
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Crazy Credits

During the final credits, clips from the movie are played. These include a few brief shots which don't appear in the final film (such as the final clip of the couple in the antique car). The clips also *roughly* follow the film backwards (the first few clips are from the end of the film, and they progress back to the beginning). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Earth vs. the Spider (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Lowry and Charles Ives
Sung by Donnie Fritts and the Christians
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User Reviews

I Watched The Filming Of Convoy
15 July 2005 | by foggydayinscotlandSee all my reviews

It was June of 1977, and I was twelve years old. I was visiting my grandparents in Las Vegas, NM at the time, when I heard that they were filming a movie in town. Nothing new... Las Vegas has been in it's fair share of movies having been made. A great back-drop for old westerns. This was a contemporary movie that was very timely, with the whole CB radio fad happening and Smoky and The Bandit having just made a killing at the box office. Not to mention, Kris Kristofferson was at this point very much a sex symbol from his movie " A Star Is Born" having just been released.

Director Sam Peckinpah was in town and was picking out extras to sit in the Old Town Plaza near the gazebo in downtown Las Vegas. I was one of the them. The day was torrid hot, and Mr. Peckinpah didn't seem to be in the best of moods. With many curse words being thrown around and a few temper tantrums to boot (director and cast) we extras endured the heat and the anger... to get a shot to be in this movie. Of course I ended up on the cutting room floor minus a crowd scene or two, but it was such a thrill for a twelve year old girl.

The movie debuted in July of 1978, a year later, and by then, a lot of the CB radio hype had died down and the movie tanked at the box office. It was later shown on television it seemed every few months in the 1980's, almost gaining a cult following.

The movie is clearly dated, at times over the top macho, but it has a good cast, some great scenery and if for pop culture only... it's a lot of fun.


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