|HIGH-BALLIN' (DEATH TOLL) (director: Peter Carter; screenwriters: Paul F. Edwards/story by Richard Robinson & Stephen Schneck; cinematographer: Rene Verzier; editor: Eric Wrate; music: Paul Hoffert; cast: Peter Fonda (Rane), Jerry Reed (Duke), Helen Shaver (Pickup), Chris Wiggins (King Caroll), Christopher Langevin (Tanker), Wendy Thatcher (Hijacker), David Ferry (Harvey), Harvey Atkin (Buzz), Michael Ironside (Butch), Leslie Carlson (Bud), Arnie Achtman (Cue), Michael Hogan (Reggie); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: John Slan; Vestron (AIP); 1978-USA/Canada)|
|"A popcorn modern-day western."
by Dennis Schwartz
Director Peter Carter ("Klondike
Fever"/"Rituals"/"Highpoint") shoots the low-budget
fun adventure film like a popcorn modern-day western.
The film is well-crafted, and the stuntmen do lots of
daredevil things on the road. It's based on a story by
Richard Robinson & Stephen Schneck. The screenplay is written
F. Edwards. Though no great shakes,
it can be watchable if you let your hair down and
take it for a ride in simplicity.
Carroll (Chris Wiggins) is the
venal trucker boss determined to put all the independent
truckers out of business, and resorts to highjacking
and bootlegging. Duke (Jerry Reed) is the
independent who fights back. Rane (Peter Fonda) is
Duke's biker pal, who assists him. Helen Shaver
appears as an indie lady trucker. Harvey (David
Ferry) is one of the villains.
REVIEWED ON 2/10/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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