|CONVOY (director: Sam Peckinpah; screenwriter: Bill Norton/story by Bill Norton/based on C.W. McCall's song "Convoy"; cinematographer: Harry Straddling Jr.; editors: Garth Craven/John Wright; music: Chip Davis; cast: Kris Kristofferson (Rubber Duck), Ali MacGraw (Melissa), Ernest Borgnine (Lyle Wallace), Burt Young (Pig Pen), Madge Sinclair (Widow Woman), Franklyn Ajaye (Spider Mike), Cassie Yates (Violet), Seymour Cassel (Governor Haskins), Cassie Yates (Violet), Brian Davies (Chuck Arnoldi); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Robert M. Sherman; Cheezy Flicks; 1978)|
|"It might be worth seeing
how the acclaimed auteur who made The Wild Bunch
could also make the dreadful Convoy."
by Dennis Schwartz
moronic comic book movie based on the hit C.W. McCall
song "Convoy," about an independent trucker
trying to survive in a changing America. Even an
accomplished director like Sam Peckinpah ("The
Deadly Companions"/"Ride The High Country"/"The
Getaway") can't save this mess from a bad script by
Bill Norton, cardboard characters and lame acting by
the seemingly talented cast. The pic was savaged upon
its release and has failed through the years to find
acceptance even among most Peckinpah fans.
based trucker, using the CB handle "Rubber Duck" (Kris Kristofferson), driving in the Arizona
desert and chatting on the CB with fellow truckers "Pig Pen" (Burt Young) and "Spider Mike" (Franklyn Ajaye). The trio runs into
corrupt traffic cop Lyle "Cottonmouth" Wallace (Ernest Borgnine), who set-up a phony
speed trap and
forces them to pay wicked speeding fines on the spot
or go to jail. The truckers are pissed at being
harassed and paying off the corrupt cop. Rubber Duck
and Lyle have a history of antagonistic encounters,
and things escalate when Lyle threatens to arrest
Spider Mike at a rest-stop and the other truckers come
to his aid and prevent Lyle and the other officers
from making a phony arrest. A brawl erupts and the
restaurant gets destroyed and the cop cars get
destroyed, but no one gets badly hurt. After the brawl
the truckers go on the run and are joined by trucker "Widow Woman" (Madge Sinclair), while Rubber Duck gives
the hottie photographer Melissa (Ali MacGraw) a lift in his rig. The
truckers head for the state line and are chased by
Lyle, in a car he forcefully takes from a teenager,
and soon other cops come to Lyle's aid in the chase.
The truckers learn of the chase through their CBs and
form a convoy to support their fellow truckers.
The uninspired story is amiable and has the stunt men doing yeomen work, but lacks style, subtlety, wit and and other traits of good filmmaking. It strangely never even caught on as a cult film. I guess, as a curio escapist chase trucker slapstick comedy, it might be worth seeing how the acclaimed auteur who made The Wild Bunch could also make the dreadful Convoy.
REVIEWED ON 7/29/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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