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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.
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…
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…
imagine the carbon footprint here, amirite folks?
Well it was ‘78 in the month of June,
When a movie did premiere,
Starrin’ a man name of Ernie B,
it was the 12th best of the year.
He plays a cop with an axe to grind,
The meanest you ever saw,
Based on a song and directed by,
a fella named Peckinpah.
Cause we got a great big Borgnine, rocking through the night.
We got a great big Borgnine, ain’t he a beautiful sight?
Come on and join with Borgnine, ain’t nothin’ gonna get in his way,
We gonna roll this Borgnine, ‘cross the U-S-A.
Now a guy named Kris Kristofferson,
Thought that he could star,
But with Ernie B in the driver seat,
y’know he didn’t get…
Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts (double feature with The Killer Elite)
I like Sam Peckinpah so I'll try to be kind. Also he had just kicked the coke habit when he made this so he may have been tense. Ernest Borgnine plays the dishonest cop who blows a prank WAY out of proportion. A melee in a truck stop ensues and no pie is safe. The truckers involved take off and try to reach the state line before they're busted. Everyone in the southwest with a CB radio hears about their plight and joins in the line of trucks heading for New Mexico. The convoy and the truckers therein become folk heroes and politicos try to use them for their own gain. Matthew Robbins must have seen this film 40 times…
OK but not the best Peckingpah
Sensenos laikos televizorā bija raidījums par kino jaunumiem, kur kāda tante stāstīja par lietām kas apskatāmas padomju kinomīļiem. Tur demonstrēja filmu fragmentus un gari runāja. Viena no lietām ko tajā raidījumā aprunāja bija šī filma. Tieši tas fragments kur džeki ar smagajiem auto demolē kaut kādu ciematiņu.
Tad nu atlika vien sagaidīt, kad nu to "foršo jeņķu gabalu" atvedīs uz vietējo kultūras namu, kurā to rādīs uz lielā ekrāna.
Toreiz to noskatījos vairākas reizes.
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This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Following on from such movies as 'White Line Fever' and more notably 'Smokey and the Bandit', this film continues with the highly popular truckin' and CB radio craze that swept America at the time. Twas the ultra cool thing to do back then, the grizzly manly thing all men did to show how...errr...manly they were, and stick it to the man! Drive your big rig (18 wheeler) across the dusty barren highways of southern America, usually shirtless, with a sexy broad at your side and pissing off the local law enforcement with your erratic (dangerous) driving. Lets not forget about talking nonsense over the CB radio now, that was the highlight of the truckin' camaraderie.
Yeah OK I rip on…
Loosely based on the hit song of the same name and intended to fit in with the C.B. radio craze and vehicular redneck movies of the era, Convoy is not only one of the strangest films in Peckinpah’s filmography, but one of the most singularly bizarre time capsules of the late 70s.
Please check out my full review of Convoy, including analysis of Rubber Duck as Christ symbolism.
it's not a big deal this movie, but it is so an amusing picture you can laugh a lot and Kristofferson is legendary!
one of the great road movies from the seventies!
yeah i liked it very much and i just have ordered me the DVD - just 4,99 €uro and when Mc Graw shows her legs you cannot say she's ugly! as i'm sitting here on 'letterboxd' i'm watching for the 25th time this movie and i am still enjoying it!
this is not a movie, but a rollercoaster of things that happen! and it was made in 1978 but the special effects are, for that time, spectacular and well done!!!!!!!!!I remember watching this movie with my mom and dad and we were during the day always talking about 'convoy' that was on TV in the evening!
Man. Sam definitely was high as f**k.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I haven't watched a lot of Peckinpah yet, so I wasn't sure what this would be like. I have to admit this was a little disappointing. It's a perfectly serviceable drive-in movie. But, during most of this film's runtime, I kept thinking of Smokey and the Bandit and Vanishing Point. Both better films than this.
It's not really boring, and there are some sections which are shot interestingly, but the whole thing feels like it's trying to be deeper than it is. Not that you couldn't make a decent "common man versus the establishment" film out of a 70's novelty song, but this doesn't hit the mark.
The ending cost it at least half a star, and managed to bug me in two ways. It would have been improved had it just ended fifteen minutes earlier and avoided it's inevitable pseudo-climax altogether.
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