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Convoy (1978)

PG | | Action, Drama | 10 June 1978 (Japan)
3:48 | Trailer
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.


Sam Peckinpah


Bill Norton (screen story) (as B.W.L. Norton), Bill Norton (screenplay) (as B.W.L. Norton)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Rubber Duck
Ali MacGraw ... Melissa
Ernest Borgnine ... Dirty Lyle / Lyle Wallace
Burt Young ... Pig Pen
Madge Sinclair ... Widow Woman
Franklyn Ajaye ... Spider Mike
Brian Davies ... Chuck Arnoldi
Seymour Cassel ... Governor 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 Tommy J. Huff ... Lizard Tongue (as Thomas Huff)


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


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


Action | Drama


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Did You Know?


The original 1977 Mack truck, its on-road movie double, and the only original remaining tank trailer are on display at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO. See more »


The sports car that Lyle commandeers does not have a rear view mirror. See more »


Sheriff Lyle Wallace aka Cottonmouth: [On the CB] Breaker one-nine, breaker one-nine. This is the bear in the air, officer Lyle Wallace calling Rubber Jerk in that rattlin' piece of black crap at your side door. Come on!
Rubber Duck: Please don't be using that kind of language on the air, Lyle. Especially don't be using it regarding my beautiful black truck. Over.
Sheriff Lyle Wallace aka Cottonmouth: That thing you call a truck is the worst pile of garbage I ever had the misfortune of writing a citation on.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

European home video versions have omitted three minutes of footage: The scene where the Chuck Arnoldi character interviews some of the truckers whilst rolling alongside their convoy. See more »


References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »


Blanket on the Ground
Composed by Roger Bowling
ATV Music Corp,. BMI
Performed by Billie Jo Spears
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Somewhere between a 10 and a 4
13 June 2016 | by Fluke_SkywalkerSee all my reviews

Sam Peckinpah's 'Convoy' works as, if nothing else, a little cultural/pop cultural archeology. Based on a novelty song that was itself a product of a short-lived CB (citizen's band) radio/trucker craze that swept the States in the mid 70s, it offers up a rather vivid slice of life from the days of malaise. It was one of several such films ('Smokey and the Bandit', 'Breaker! Breaker!', 'White Line Fever') trying to cash in, but this one is notable for the presence of Peckinpah behind the camera (though how much the struggling Peckinpah was actually behind said camera is apparently open to debate).

'Convoy' is a tough film to nail down. At times it veers into the dadgummit, cornpone comedy territory of Smokey and the Bandit, and at others it evokes a more traditional Peckinpah zeitgeist. Ironically, it probably works best when it straddles that line. At those times, 'Convoy' offers up a broadly entertaining action yarn, with colorful characters occupying simple, well defined turf. I wish Peckinpah and Co. had somehow been able to marry that more cohesively to his standard themes while leaving the broad yucks out of the equation.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 June 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Estancia, New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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