Convoy (1978)

PG   |    |  Action, Drama


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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.


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2 July 2011 | ma-cortes
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| Entertaining Peckinpah movie about some protesting truckers led by an independent rebel drive through Southwest
A rebel trucker (Kris Kristofferson) leads protesting his colleagues on a trek throughout Southwest until Mexico .Other truckers join their convoy as a show of support against brutality and other complaints . Sheriff Wallace (Ernest Borgnine)rallies other law enforcement officers throughout the southwest, they who soon aware that stopping Duck, the face of the now highly public standoff, is not as easy as shooting him and the truck due to his highly explosive cargo . Truckers (Burt Young , Magde Sinclair as Widow woman, among others) on a tri-state protest over police brutality ,form a mile long "convoy" in support of Duck's vengeance with the abusive sheriff . Based on the country song , a real hit , of same title by C.W. McCall.

An enjoyable film , ¨ Peckinpah's Convoy ¨results to be an elegiac perspective at the world of the truckers . Taut excitement throughout, beautifully photographed and with spectacular trucks scenes and some images filmed in slow moving. An uneven and silly screenplay by Bill L Norton , subsequently turned to mediocre director . Vibrant and brilliant all star cast with acceptable performances from Burt Young , Seymour Cassel , Cassie Yates , among others. Kris Kristofferson turns in a nice acting as a drifting independent trucker nicknamed ¨Duck¨ who is searching freedom in a changing world , he and Ali MacGraw strike real sparks. Ernest Borgnine is particularly fine as the veteran patrolman .Peckinpah's slow-motion camera , his usual trademark,is put to particularly nice utilization shooting the balletic movement of fights , at once more splendidly and awe-inspiring than any gun battle. Furthermore, it contains a country music emotive score by Chip Davis . Glimmer and colorful cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr ,son of another great cameraman Harry Stradling Sr . Splendidly filmed in Albuquerque,Cerrillos, New Mexico,Cuba, New Mexico,Needles, California ,New Mexico State Fair Grounds ,Central & Louisanna Avenues, Albuquerque,White Sands National Monument, and Alamogordo, New Mexico. An agreeable country-trucker-Western with passable interpretations and exciting trucks footage including some slow-moving images and a much moving , professionally made by the famous director Sam Peckinpah . Sam was a real creator and author of masterpieces as ¨Cross of Iron¨,¨The ballad of Cable Hogue¨, ¨Wild bunch¨ , ¨Major Dundee¨ . ¨Convoy¨ though inferior film is lovely realized by Sam Peckinpah in his punchy directorial style .

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Trivia

Bill Norton's original script was a lighthearted action comedy similar to Smokey and the Bandit (1977). He pitched the script to EMI, which offered the script to Sam Peckinpah, who was finishing post-production on Cross of Iron (1977). Though dubious about the project's potential, Peckinpah agreed on condition that he have complete control over the film. The studio agreed, and trouble began. Peckinpah immediately started rewriting Norton's script, envisioning it as a modern-day Western with truckers fighting against crooked lawmen and unfair interstate regulations, whilst also adding heavy-handed political satire.


Quotes

Sheriff Lyle Wallace aka Cottonmouth: I'm doing my job. Keeping my part of the highway safe.
Spider Mike: Yeah, well you keep it safe in that ditch somewhere feeding flies.


Goofs

When the convoy has to stop because of the school bus, Pig Pen runs into an ice cream truck; the back doors on the ice cream truck swing open and one falls to the ground. In the next shot the door is still on the truck.


Crazy Credits

During the final credits, clips from the movie are played. These include a few brief shots which don't appear in the final film (such as the final clip of the couple in the antique car). The clips also *roughly* follow the film backwards (the first few clips are from the end of the film, and they progress back to the beginning).


Alternate Versions

the US region 1 DVD (released by Pacific Family Entertainment in 2004), is actually the same cut version that appeared on the UK DVD (missing the 3 mins).


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Okie from Muskogee
Composed by
Merle Haggard/Eddie Burris
Blue Book Music BMI
Performed by Merle Haggard

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Genres

Action | Drama

Details

Release Date:

10 June 1978

Language

English, Spanish


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Estancia, New Mexico, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,765,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,765,081

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