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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…
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…
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…
A contender for Smokey and the Bandit for best trucking movie ever made.
Lo siento si necesitáis más sintaxis en esta crítica: yo no.
"See, my daddy always told me to be just like a duck. Stay smooth on the surface and paddle like the devil underneath."
Altogether not a terrible movie, but certainly the nadir of a wonderful director's CV. While Killer Elite is ponderous and Osterman Weekend is impenetrable, this is vanilla filmmaking by Peckinpah's standards. To be fair to Bloody Sam he was a drunk mess during the production, with 2nd unit director (James Coburn, no less) and the studio hashing the shot footage into something coherent.
The film poster is a perfect representation of content - shirtless Kristofferson, trichological curiosity MacGraw and lots of 18 wheelers. If you love the 70s machismo mantra popularised by Burt Reynolds you'll certainly enjoy it more than me (for example I disliked The Longest Yard, and the tone here seems very much in line).
It is a masterpiece when compared to Cannonball Run, at least.
Sorcerer by way of Road House, with plenty of slow motion fighting, honky tonk music and great facial hair. This is everything that I want out of a Peckinpah trucker movie based on a song.
Truckers, led by Kris Kristoferson, find themselves being victimized by slimy highway patrol man (Ernest Borgnine) setting off a chase that eventually becomes a giant cross country convoy. Surprisingly lightweight entertainment from director Sam Peckinpah, who puts together many energetic sequences of truckin' down the highway, set to an engaging country laden score, but besides "sticking it to the man", I'm not sure what other point there is to this.
An outlaw trucker crosses the wrong man with a badge and goes on the run with a parade of mobile weirdos backing him up. As they roll across the American Southwest very visible and unstoppable, they become a lightning rod for various politicians, hippies and law and order blowhards to attach waaaay too much significance to. Affably gruff and not giving two shits about any of it, Kris Kristofferson is the man steering the movable freaks toward... probably not a happy ending. Toward the end of his life, Peck made some silly movies. Perhaps it's best for his legacy that he didn't continue making movies another 10-20 years. Still there's something I like about his twilight productions from the bow…
Of all the films based off of novelty songs, I can easily say this is the only one that was directed by Sam Peckinpah. Unless Straw Dogs was based on Ray Steven's "The Streak". I'll need to look into that.
A lot of talent packed in a silly but harmless movie.
Good: There are some good chase scenes and action. Nice hood ornament too (that will turn up again in Death Proof)
Bad: I am as baffled as the characters as to why everyone is following along.
Meh: So obviously New Mexico when labeled Arizona.
"My name is Bob Bookman, sir, and I hate truckers."
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1-48 Reservoir Dogs (Django of…
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