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Kristofferson and MacGraw...ain't nothin' gonna get in their way!
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 has fascinated me from a very early age. My dad was a huge fan of both "The Wild Bunch" and "Cross Of Iron" and Sam's style appealed to his penchant for action and a good story. It kind of rubbed off on me and just like with Ridley Scott I can be considered a die-hard fan-boy.
I first saw "Convoy" on television in the late seventies. It hooked me immediately with the whole CB Radio craze that was beginning to find a following here in the UK. Kids at school had cards with their "handle" on them and we even had a CB Radio club in our school.
Now I'm not going to try to defend Sam Peckinpah…
If I could nominate one movie to represent an entire decade, Convoy would get my vote for the 70's. Coming one year after Smokey and the Bandit, I can't say if this was an intentional rip-off or not, but the story of a rebellious trucker on the run from a determined asshole sheriff wasn't exactly unheard of back then. I can say from first-hand experience that truckers and CB culture in general were big back in the 70's. I cannot explain why but they were the rolling boy bands of their day. Heck, my dad even put a CB in our tiny 2-door Honda Civic and I'd be willing to bet it was because of this movie! I don't know…
A theatrical feature based on a trucker song, with a poster better than the film itself, Convoy is an easy target, a movie for biographers to forever wring their hands over while relaying the petty grievances of industry hands who smelled blood. It's also, in the face of all reason, a pretty good film, but try telling that to career hacks like Marshall Fine and David Weddle, who complain Peckinpah went over budget in one sentence, then complain that the movie made lots of money in the next, as if everything written about the film need be an insult just because it's a live-action cartoon by an auteur.
Biographers—humorless and literal-minded, every last one of them, in love with received…
By the time of Convoy, director Sam Peckinpah had been virtually written off, considered unreliable, alcoholic and cocaine-dependent. Although he had made the remarkable war movie Cross of Iron, a film as fine as his greatest achievements, he had difficulty getting work until British production company EMI bought the rights to a popular country and western song by C.W. McCall, “Convoy”, about a gesture of defiance by a number of long-haul truckers. At the time, the good ole boy comedy had been given enormous popularity thanks to the hit Smokey and the Bandit but even by these standards the script Peckinpah was offered was considered imbecilic. He did his best to improve on it, encouraging the actors to improvise but…
Kris Kristofferson and Ernest Borgnine make up for a lot of faults this film has. And so does that wild, slow-motion finale. Ali MacGraw looks bored here and puts in a lifeless performance. This barely feels like a Peckinpah film except in the little touches and action set-pieces. It's no Smokey and the Bandit but it's pretty good at times.
Convoy may not be Peckinpah's best film, but it surely is one of his most enjoyable and lighter films. This film (from 1978) stars Kris Kristofferson as Rubber Duck, a trucker hero who's hunted by corrupt county Sheriff "Dirty Lyle" Wallace (Ernest Borgnine) just after he meets Melissa (Ali MacGraw). A fighting incident in a road truck restaurant is the beginning of a protest and civil disobedience. The convoy gets lager and larger. The participants of the convoy consider Rubber Duck as their leader because he already has a mythical status.
The film is as the convoy itself: gets bigger and bigger along the road: it starts in a small county and ends with State politics. Peckinpah put a great…
C.W. McCall's 1975 hit song "Convoy" is one of the most unique and different songs to ever come out of the country genre. Its unique blend of citizens band radio (CB radio) dialog combined with a catchy, spoken-word story about a group of rebellious truckers that decide to disobey all road signs, law enforcement, and trucker policies to just be one with the road, their trucks, and their individualism, which eventually results in the creation of a trucking convoy makes for a song that does nothing but get ones energy flowing and their excitement flourishing. Throw in inanely catchy instrumentation, trucker lingo appropriately imitating life on the road, and McCall's fittingly deep vocals and you have a song that just…
We often discredit filmmakers for taking toys and board games and turning them into feature films, but hey Sam Peckinpah did it in 1978 with a song of the same name! Not nearly as bad as it should be, this is one of those films tailor made for a sadly forgotten era: drive-in cinema.
I don't always find enough to love in Sam Peckinpah's films, with them seemingly moving between really good and interesting, to really dry and slow, often within the same film. Convoy is most assuredly neither of these, but instead a '70's road movie about a group of truckers that unintentionally start a convoy of trucks travelling across the US that's seen by the wider public as a political statement when in fact they were just trying to get out of the state and away from some dodgy cops that they had a bar fight with. Said bar fight is accompanied by banjo music, giving the silly comedic end that it swings back and forth from as it ocassionally becomes a…
Truckers are bad-ass. Actually a pretty fun movie.
Growing up in the 1970's and having a truck driver for a dad,we went to see this film a lot at our local drive in. So it holds a special place in my memory. While nowhere as well received as The Wild Bunch or Ride The High Country. Or as high profile as Straw Dogs this is very entertaining movie that makes me long for the late 70's where life was just care free. Breaker,Breaker 1-9 this the Rubber Duck. Cool film.
The story of Cesar Chavez, badass american trucker, and his march to Mexico to escape the cops.
Ernest Borgnine gets to fire the big gun he wanted to shoot in The Wild Bunch.
Even on a drunken cocaine bender so bad he often directed from his trailer or had his friend James Coburn direct for him, Convoy shows flashes of Peckinpah's brilliance. Peckinpah's shooting and editing style would be much mimicked and monkeyed in the decades to come reducing it to parody at times. A person however only need revisit one of his films to be reminded of the difference.
Like an overlong episode of Dukes Of Hazzard, no wonder Peckinpah disowned it. Kristofferson does his best with the weak material though and is as watchable as ever.
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