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Convoy (1978)

PG | | Action, Drama | 10 June 1978 (Japan)
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 »

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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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Trivia

One change Sam Peckinpah made to the script was the casting of black actors to add more dimension. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the fight in the diner, Spider Mike seen with his shirt ripped open. After a quick cut to Rubber Duck and then back to Mike, his shirt is fully buttoned. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Lyle Wallace aka Cottonmouth: I am the law. Don't you understand, I represent the law.
Rubber Duck: Well piss on ya, and piss on your law.
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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 »

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Referenced in Ghost Chase (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I Cheated on a Good Woman's Love
Composed by Del Bryant
Onhisown Music BMI
Performed by Billy 'Crash' Craddock
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User Reviews

 
A so-so genre flick from a master director
25 May 2016 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

I don't think this film is as bad as it's reputation suggests. I've seen a fair number of these kind of truckin'/car chase films from the late 70's, and I think it's a fairly average representation of the genre ... perhaps even a bit better than average given the presence of Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young. What's disappointing is that you expect Peckinpah to elevate anything he works on to something better than "average genre film" status, and he fails to do that. There are moments when you sense his presence ... a slow motion shot of big trucks hightailing it along a sandy back road achieves a certain poetic majesty ... but mostly you get the feeling that he simply didn't care about this film. It's a giant missed opportunity.


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