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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:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Convoy 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

Sam Peckinpah accepted to direct the picture because he had cash flow problems to solve. He was nearly broke at this time. See more »

Goofs

When Sheriff Lyle's squad car gets sandwiched by two trucks, the camera used inside the car is mounted in the rear, but its size was such that it couldn't be positioned out of shot of the second camera mounted on a flatbed trailer in front of the action. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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

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Soundtracks

Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue
Composed by Richard Leigh
United Artists Music Co., Inc. ASCAP
Performed by Crystal Gayle
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User Reviews

 
Convoy: Potential unused
24 March 2004 | by latsblasterSee all my reviews

Uneven but at times entertaining Peckinpah film. It doesn't feel as nasty today as it maybe did in the late 1970´s.

Kris Kristofferson is cool in his role but it doesn't hold the film together enough.

"Convoy" is made in typical Peckinpah style but it doesn't seem to match that good in this case. The slow-motion fist fight on the bar is not astonishing.

Even if it is based on a song, the story seem to work, but there should have been some changes and maybe the scriptwriter should have add something more.

Rating: 5 of 10.


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