"Although it remains axiomatic that Spielberg and Lucas should be condemned for using CGI to alter their own classic films,…
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.
for better or worse, this is probably the most AMERICA film of all time - a story about man vs. nature & the working class vs. The Man, written as a corporate cash-in on a hot country song (!!!??!!!). grabs you by the balls with its majestic beauty - come for the epic tunes and sweaty kristofferson, stay for the big rig ballet at the midpoint, top it off with an earthshaking borgnine guffaw. the 70's got this, we got marvel movies, tough fuckin break.
The seventies were packed with movies that are now considered guilty pleasures. Convoy is definitely one of them. Directed and then disowned by maverick genius Sam Peckinpah, this starred not one, but four of his former leading lights and is one corny film that captured the time it was set in perfectly.
Anyone old enough to remember the CB Radio craze that exploded in the UK back in the late seventies have both this film and Smokey & The Bandit to blame for its popularity. It was short-lived of course but left some interesting and very entertaining pieces of pop culture in its wake. Convoy is THE truckers movie. Forget Duel, this has the CB craze and counter-culture boxes ticked from…
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…
The first movie I have seen from my "Movies I Want to See: 1978" list.
If anyone nowadays complains that movies are inspired by the wispiest of premises I will point them towards Convoy. The only movie I know with a credit that reads "Based on the song by..."
Have you ever heard the song Convoy by CW McCall? It's a novelty song from 1975 and it started a CB radio craze, where middle-aged men could give themselves a call signal and live the dream of being a trucker as they drove around in their compacts and station wagons.
Convoy is a silly song. It's not really to my taste. But it sticks in your head. And when it appears…
imagine the carbon footprint here, amirite folks?
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…
Archetypal characters drive big ass 18 wheelers with the American dream on the line. The music is great, Kris Kristofferson is charismatic, and Convoy is pure heavy-handed, pulpy, energetic fun. I liked it way more than I thought I would.
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Es difícil, a día de hoy, ver a Peckinpah haciendo una película bastante tonta basada en una canción, pero oye, al tío se le ve muy serio y convencido de lo que está haciendo. No sé si eso es lo que mejor le viene al resultado final... (está guay)
17. A movie directed by Sam Peckinpah
I'm fairly sure we all know what Mr Peckinpah was on when he made Convoy, but the big question is what were the studio executives were on when they greenlit the mess.
Not that the fact that it's a mess should be any kind of surprise. When you decide to make film based on song, what do you expect? Because there is very little story here, certainly not enough to sustain 110 minutes, although incredibly, Peckinpah's first cut ran to 3 and a half hours.
So what of the story? Well, it starts with 3 truckers caught speeding by a cop who demands and is paid a bribe. Later on…
It should have been better... but it's not.
This is just a fun trifle of an action movie. Kris Kristofferson is handsome and charismatic and keeps the movie afloat in spite of the sheer stupidity of the narrative.
They don't make them like this anymore. In fact, I'm not sure why them ever made them like this. Although it was quite fun, if overlong and with oddly misplaced bouts of sincerity. Still, you can't expect too much from a film that is based on a song about truckers and trucking.
"There ain't many of us left."
Pretty much a miracle, not only that it exists but also that a good movie was made out of a hit country song. So much bone-crunching truck driving and so many demolished sets, this one of the great 70's road movies. An anti-authoritarian treatise on the independent spirit of the road with Kristofferson as the last of a dying breed, this is more or less a modern western with politics as the real villain as opposed to pioneer expansion. Kind of bogs down in the middle when the governor tries to hold his meeting/photo-op, but the rest is so much fun you hardly notice.
One of those movies that only the 70's could produce-could you imagine a double feature of this Prime Cut? Too much pleasure center overload for the brain to handle.
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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