In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.
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
On the day the climactic funeral scene was set to film, with the cast, crew and 3,000 extras assembled, Sam Peckinpah locked himself in his trailer for 12 hours, refusing to communicate with anyone. He also fired several crew members and assistants as filming dragged on. With their director incapacitated, James Coburn and the other assistant directors essentially finished directing the film themselves. See more »
In the start of the movie when the Jaguar passes by The Duck, we can clearly see the reflection of the camera man, on the side of the truck. See more »
[to Lyle Wallace on the CB after he has crashed his car]
Hey, until you get a little better control over that machinery, I'd suggest you lay off them acrobatics.
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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 »
The new German region 2 Pal DVD (released by Kinowelt) contains the 3 minutes missing from the UK/European video/DVD. See more »