Convoy

Convoy

3.8 5
Director: Sam Peckinpah

Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine

     
 

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The CB (citizen's band) radio fad had nearly run its course when this feel-good action film was made by director Sam Peckinpah. In the story, based on C.W. McCall's song "Convoy," a group of struggling truckers (who stay in touch by CB) run into a situation which ignites their indignation. They arrange to form a truck convoy under the leadership of the man whose CB… See more details below

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The CB (citizen's band) radio fad had nearly run its course when this feel-good action film was made by director Sam Peckinpah. In the story, based on C.W. McCall's song "Convoy," a group of struggling truckers (who stay in touch by CB) run into a situation which ignites their indignation. They arrange to form a truck convoy under the leadership of the man whose CB nickname is "Rubber Duck" (Kris Kristofferson). He is the most aggrieved of the bunch, having been harassed beyond the point of endurance by Lyle Wallace (Ernest Borgnine) a blackmailing traffic cop who pursues him ever more frantically through several states after he fails to submit to the phony speed trap he had set up. As news of the truck convoy spreads, unexpected allies join the line, and the now-gigantic illegal protest becomes the subject of national news reports.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's hard to believe that Convoy is the work of Sam Peckinpah, one of the cinema's most interesting and singular directors -- and indeed, if oft-repeated stories are true, it indeed hardly is Peckinpah's work. Apparently, the director was not in good enough shape throughout much of the shooting to actually be in charge, and a wide range of second unit directors -- along with actor James Coburn -- are alleged to have filmed the majority of the film. One certainly hopes this is true, as it would at least explain why Convoy is such a mess of a movie. It would not explain, however, why Peckinpah undertook the project in the first place. True, the basic idea of an outsider forced into the role of hero resonates with the director, and the film did provide plenty of opportunities for action, often rendered in the director's trademark slow-motion style. But the action is simple-minded and lacks depth, the story surrounding the action is trite and dull and the whole thing is clearly just an attempt to cash in on the song that gives the film its name and on the "redneck" success of Smokey and the Bandit. The cast tries hard, and the presence of Kris Kristofferson and Ernest Borgnine is helpful, especially in comparison to the non-performance of Ali Mac Graw. But, despite the protests of diehard Peckinpah fans who insist that there's more to Convoy than meets the eye, the truth is that it's a shallow and surprisingly boring misfire.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0827421000200
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Cheezy Flicks Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
3,305

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kris Kristofferson Rubber Duck
Ali MacGraw Melissa
Ernest Borgnine Lyle Wallace
Burt Young Pig Pen
Madge Sinclair Widow Woman
Franklyn Ajaye Spider Mike
Brian Davies Chuck Arnoldi
Seymour Cassel Gov. Haskins
Cassie Yates Violet
Walter Kelley Hamilton
Whitey Hughes White Rat
Bill Foster Old Iguana
Thomas Huff Lizard Tongue
Jorge Russek Tiny Alvarez
Tom Runyon Runyon
Herb Robins Mechanic Bob
Don Levy Senator Myers
Spec O'Donnell 18 Wheel Eddie
Stacy Newton Bubba
John Bryson Texas Governor
Allen Keller Rosewell
John Gill Jack - Garage Attendant
Stephen Bruton Actor

Technical Credits
Sam Peckinpah Director
Stephen Abrums Makeup
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Fernando Carrere Production Designer
Graeme Clifford Editor
Clifford C. Coleman Asst. Director
Garth Craven Editor
Chip Davis Score Composer
Michael Deeley Executive Producer
Candy Flanagin Special Effects
Bill Fries Songwriter
Carol James Costumes/Costume Designer
John Wright Editor
Pepi Lenzi Asst. Director
Frank Lombardo Set Decoration/Design
Francis Lombardo Art Director
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Don Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Bill L. Norton Original Story,Screenwriter
John M. Poer Asst. Director
Bill Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
Robert M. Sherman Producer
Barry Spikings Executive Producer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Marcel Vercoutere Special Effects
Dennis Washington Art Director
Richard Wells Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Convoy
1. Opening Credits [3:02]
2. Hot on the Highway [5:05]
3. Speed Trap [4:02]
4. Roadhouse Dinner [9:35]
5. The Hight [7:16]
6. Runnin' From the Bear [6:20]
7. Hot Pursuit [7:03]
8. Fun with Smokey [6:14]
9. Convoy [11:05]
10. A Cause [13:54]
11. Helping a Friend [22:33]
12. In Memory Of [7:07]

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