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Convoy (1978)

Convoy (1978)

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.

IMDB sums it up much better than I ever could. Why do I even write these reviews? :P Well, you might be interested to hear that the main role is played by Kris Kristofferson (yes that is the old dude who played the old dude in Blade - if you notice the resemblence). I thought he was Chuck Norris at first. With the helipilot shades on you really don't see any difference! And Ali MacGraw looked just like Hale Berry back then. Not that any of this is relevant to anything.

The story is pretty basic. It starts with a truck, led by the Rubber Duck (he's called that because of his luck - he floats). Eventually a few other truckers join his convoy. They run into an old nemesis, an abusive sheriff in want of change, and what starts as extortion and mockery evolves into a wild bar fight and eventually a renegade convoy roaming the country, chased by the police, gathering more and more followers; eventually turning into a protest, and more, and it all goes further than anyone may have initially imagined.

Obviously there's a lot of driving going on. There's a lot of trucks. There's a lot of wrecking cars and houses too, but along with the occasional bursts of happy music from that song this movie was based on, harmless chases, pompous trailers and a building romance, there's also a serious undertone; an atmosphere that quickly goes from sweet to stone-cold and sour, and Kris Kristofferson is one tough main character. It's a bit like Vanishing Point (1971) if you've seen that. Great movie.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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