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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…
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…
imagine the carbon footprint here, amirite folks?
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…
Don't listen to naysayers, this movie is a truckload of fun!
Even without expectations that comes with Peckinpah's name this is a dull movie. Apart from a bar fight early in the movie and some car stunts there is nothing worth noting. Country music and truckers are just lame, however anti-establishment you try to make it. Drama and comedy just doesn't well in this movie; in the nd you wish you just watched Smokey and the Bandit instead.
imagine the carbon footprint here, amirite folks?
a group of struggling truckers run into a situation which ignites their indignation. They arrange to form a truck convoy under the leadership of the man whose CB nickname is "Rubber Duck".
He is the most aggrieved of the bunch, having been harassed beyond the point of endurance by Lyle Wallace, a blackmailing traffic cop who pursues him frantically through several states after he fails to submit to the phony speed trap he had set up.
As news of the truck convoy spreads, unexpected allies join the line, and the now-gigantic illegal protest becomes the subject of national news reports.....
If you ever yearned for a film featuring Kristofferson driving for almost the entire movie with his shirt off, whilst…
Just watch Smokey and the Bandit. The whole thing is really half-baked, racist, and packed to the rafters with people constantly saying "son of a bitch." Extra star for Borgia.
This film is based on a song! almost two hours it does not really have a point which shows.
The Blu Ray transfer was pretty good but the hidden gem is the hour long doc on how this film ever got made by Sam.
Fuck a Duck...
Though not a great film by any stretch of the imagination there are several good performances here that make the film enjoyable. Kristofferson in particular does a good turn as Rubber Duck, trucker outlaw and metal-twistin' messiah. It's a great cast in general, as per usual for Peckinpah. He was a master at casting the best actor for a role--such as Ernest Borgnine, Richard Harris, Strother Martin and of course Per Oscarsson in Noon Wine.
"We've got a bear in the air"
Wow, this movie is so damned weird on so many levels. A movie based on the CW Mccall novelty song Convoy, directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Kris Kristofferson, Burt Young, Ernest Borgnine and Ali MaGgraw that some how manages to be both a riff on Smokey and the Bandit AND Jesus allegory. It's every bit the mess that you'd think... but it's kind of cool in it's own strange way. Between some decent crashes, a funny fight scene in a road side diner and a bunch of greasy 1970s truckers in a public group shower there really is something for everyone. The movie nearly dies in the last half hour, but what can you do?
I should have just read Rabin's review and accepted it at face value. Peckinpah plus tractor trailers should be awesome, but good lord it is not. If you can handle the whiplash tonal shifts from zany, over violent road "comedy" and scathing, dead-serious political commentary, as well as Kristofferson as some kind if trucker Jesus, than by all means go for it. I promise you it isn't half as awesome as it sounds.
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