PG | | Action, Drama
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).