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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…
An enigma that can only be explained by reading about its production. A movie based on a song directed by a stand in for Peckinpah who was busy railing coke and drinking himself to death in his trailer. Tragically his biggest commercial success. Without that context, it's just a puzzling mess of a film that inspires as many shit-eating-grins as eye-rolls.
Fritz Lang once said that widescreen photography was only good for snakes and funerals. You can add 18-wheelers to that list. Convoy, based on a song by singer-songwriter C. W. McCall, is essentially a western in disguise, the cowboys of Peckinpah's film may have updated their horses for trucks but the territory is still the same. Forced to turn outlaw, there's only one place to go for these desperadoes, and that's the tequila flavoured freedom of Mexico. Admittedly, Convoy is not regarded as one of the maverick director's better films. Legend has it that much of the film is the work of second unit director James Coburn, so heavy was Peckinpah's booze and coke intake during the shoot, that the…
Tolles Roadmovie über Trucker, der wirklich Spaß macht und mit jeder Menge Action aufwartet. Erzählt wird eine mitreißende Geschichte über Freundschaft, Loyalität und eine überforderte Staatsmacht, garniert mit jeder Menge PS und Kleinholz. Etwas störend ist der teilweise unstimmig wirkende Soundtrack aber das schmälert nicht den Gesamteindruck. Sehr unterhaltsamer Film, der auch heute noch überzeugen kann.
A classic. Looks very good on bluray, well worth a re-watch.
A film based on a song proves once again that Sam Peckinpah was one of cinema's most unique voices. He Brings a quiet humanity to proceedings that elevates what should be a shoddy and cheap trucker film into something so much more. It's pretty much a western with a modern spin and tackles all of the subjects dear to Pechinpah. Understated and with a some great moments including a few of Peckinpah's more ambitious set pieces Convoy is good old fashioned fun. It may be lesser Peckinpah but hell, lesser Peckinpah is still a cut above.
After seeing Convoy in its initial release, I hated it and swore to never waste my time with it again. Well... In the midst of revisiting Sam Peckinpah's films, I decided to hold my nose and watch Convoy, only for the sake of completeness.
To my surprise, it really is not as big a piece of shit as I remembered. Let's just call it a shit-nugget. Despite the fact that during filming Peckinpah was stoned, in ill health, and dejected, there are snippets of his erstwhile talent -- but even those brief moments seem to have been lazily lifted from his best work.
There is effective camera-work from veteran Harry Stradling, Jr. (cinematographer on many classic Westerns) that shows the potential for Convoy to be a modern cowboy saga. Peckinpah's chaotic pacing, however, never lets the story develop into something more than a cartoon-like, second-bill drive-in feature.
An attempt at making an auteur's version Smokey and the Bandit. It's amazing how much some of Peckinpah's movies are exactly like the Mad Magazine sendups of the same.
Can I get a yee-haw?
I was super into the first 20 minutes of this movie and expected greatness from the film because of it. But it doesn't really achieve any great heights and sadly I expected more from the film. Still, it has some really great sequences and overall it was a fun tribute to the average American. It's probably one of the better movies based off a novelty song ever made. So, if you want to see some transport trucks smash into stuff you could do worse!
I've heard people joke that MAD MAX FURY ROAD was a rip off of HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN. I'll do em one better and say that I'm 10,000% positive that George Miller watched HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN and CONVOY on loop while writing that screenplay.
Loved this as a kid but the years haven't been kind to it.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…