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Convoy

Film poster
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Produced by Robert M. Sherman
Written by B. W. L. Norton
Starring Kris Kristofferson
Ali MacGraw
Ernest Borgnine
Cinematography Harry Stradling, Jr.
Editing by Garth Craven
John Wright
Distributed by United Artists
EMI Films
Running time 106 min.
Country United States
Language English
IMDb profile

Convoy is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young. The movie is based on the popular 1975 country and western and novelty song "Convoy" by C.W. McCall. It is considered a member of the CB Radio/trucker film genre which rose to prominence in the 1970s following the success of Smokey and the Bandit. Convoy is also regarded as one of Peckinpah's lessor efforts. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... David Samuel Sam Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director who achieved iconic status following the release of his 1969 Western epic The Wild Bunch. ... Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... Alice MacGraw (born April 1, 1938 in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York) was an American model and actress. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... John Wright may refer to: John Wright (cricketer) (born 1954), member of the New Zealand cricket team, coach of the Indian cricket team John Wright (inventor), an inventor of electroplating (method patented, 1840) John Wright (politician), New Zealand MP, 1996–2002 John C. Wright (born 1961), science fiction and fantasy... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... EMI Films is a motion picture production arm of The EMI Group, and its films were released between 1939 and 1990. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... David Samuel Sam Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director who achieved iconic status following the release of his 1969 Western epic The Wild Bunch. ... Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... Alice MacGraw (born April 1, 1938 in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York) was an American model and actress. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... Burt Young (born April 30, 1940 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American actor, painter and author. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... A novelty song is a usually intentionally humorous song, usually in published or recorded form. ... Convoy is a 1975 novelty song performed by C.W. McCall (pseudonym of Bill Fries) that became a number-one hit in the USA and helped start a worldwide craze for citizens band (CB) radio. ... C.W. McCall is the pseudonym of William Dale Fries (born November 15, 1928) in Audubon, Iowa, USA. In 1972, while working for an Omaha, Nebraska advertising firm, Bozell Jacobs, Fries created a television campaign for the Metz Baking Company. ... Citizens band radio (CB) is, in the United States, a system of short distance radio communication between individuals on a selection of 40 channels within the single 27 MHz (11 meter) band. ... Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 movie starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry. ...

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Synopsis

Truck driver Martin "Rubber Duck" Penwald (Kristofferson) comes into conflict with Sheriff Lyle "Cottonmouth" Wallace (Borgnine). Rubber Duck and his trucker friends, Pig Pen (Young), Spider Mike (Franklyn Ajaye) and Widow Woman (Madge Sinclair) get into a fight with Wallace and his deputies at a truck stop. After handcuffing Wallace to a barstool, they decide to head for the state line to avoid prosecution. Melissa (MacGraw), a photographer whose car has broken down, agrees to ride with the Rubber Duck, and the pair soon discovers they are falling in love. // There are two major types of truck drivers: Owner operators are individuals that own the trucks they drive and can either lease their trucks by contract with a trucking company to haul freight for that company using their trucks or haul loads for a number of companies and is self... Franklyn Ajaye (born May 13, 1949) is an African-American stand-up comedian. ... Madge Sinclair (April 28, 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica— December 20, 1995 in Los Angeles, California) was a Jamaican actress. ... A truck stop is a commercial facility that provides fuel, parking and usually food and other services to long-haul trucks. ... This is a list of notable photographers in the art, documentary and fashion traditions. ...


The truckers drive across Arizona and New Mexico, with Wallace in belated pursuit. Additional independent truckers join them to form a mile-long convoy in support of the Rubber Duck's vendetta against the abusive Wallace. The truckers communicate with each other via CB Radio, and much of the jargon associated with the CB craze is sprinkled throughout the film. The trip touches on social empowerment issues of class, race and gender as well as the place of the law in society. As the rebellious truckers run from the police, the Rubber Duck becomes a reluctant folk hero. Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... A convoy is a group of vehicles traveling together for mutual support. ... Citizens band radio (CB) is, in the United States, a system of short distance radio communication between individuals on a selection of 40 channels within the single 27 MHz (11 meter) band. ... It has been suggested that American folk hero be merged into this article or section. ...


It becomes apparent the truckers have a great deal of political support and the Governor of New Mexico, Jerry Haskins (Seymour Cassel), meets Rubber Duck. At about the same time, Wallace and a brutal Texas sheriff arrest Spider Mike, who left the convoy to be with his wife after giving birth to their son. Wallace's plan is to trap Rubber Duck. A janitor at the jail, unaware of the plan, messages by CB radio that Spider Mike has been arrested. Various truckers relay the message to New Mexico. For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... Seymour Joseph Cassel (born January 22, 1935 or 1937[1]) is an Academy Award-nominated American character actor. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Look up Sheriff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Rubber Duck ends the meeting with Haskins and leaves to rescue Spider Mike. Several other truckers join him and head east to Texas. The truckers eventually destroy the jail and rescue Spider Mike. Knowing they will now be hunted by the authorities, the truckers head for the border of Mexico.


The film culminates with a showdown near the United States-Mexico border where Rubber Duck is forced to face Wallace and a National Guard unit stationed on a bridge. Firing a machine gun, Wallace and the Guardsmen destroy the truck causing it to plummet from the bridge and crash into the churning river. The international border between Mexico and the United States runs a total of 3,141 km (1,951 miles) from San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, in the west to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and Brownsville, Texas, in the east. ... The United States National Guard is a reserve forces component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air National Guard). ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ...


The movie concludes with a public funeral for Rubber Duck, in which Haskins promises to work for the truckers by taking their case to Washington, D.C. Disgusted with the politics of the situation, Pig Pen abruptly leaves the funeral. Melissa is asked by a group to join them in a van, where she finds Rubber Duck in disguise sitting in the back. He asks, "You ever seen a duck that couldn't swim?" The convoy takes to the road with the coffin in tow, abruptly ending the politicians' speeches. As Wallace views the chaos, he bursts into laughter. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... An open casket A coffin (in North American English, also known as a casket, although the design is different - coffins taper towards the feet while caskets remain the same width) is a funerary box used in the display and containment of deceased remains -- either for burial or cremation. ...


Production

Convoy was filmed almost entirely in the state of New Mexico.[1] Production began in 1977 when the CB Radio/trucking craze was at its peak, inspiring such films as Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Handle with Care (1977), Breaker! Breaker! (1977) and High-Ballin' (1978), as well as the television series Movin' On (1974-1976) and B.J. and the Bear (1979-1981). Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... Citizens band radio (CB) is, in the United States, a system of short distance radio communication between individuals on a selection of 40 channels within the single 27 MHz (11 meter) band. ... Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 movie starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry. ... Handle With Care is a 1977 comedy movie set in a small town in Nebraska and loosely based on the wide popularity of citizens band radio, usually called CB, at the time. ... Breaker! Breaker! is a 1977 film starring Chuck Norris. ... Movin On (also known as In Tandem) was a television show that ran for two seasons (and a total of forty-six episodes), between 1974 and 1976. ... Greg Evigan and his simian cohort in . ...


During this period of Sam Peckinpah's life, it was reported he suffered from alcoholism and drug addiction. His four previous films, Cross of Iron (1977), The Killer Elite (1975), Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) and Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), had struggled at the box office and the director needed a genuine blockbuster success.[2] Unhappy with the screenplay written by B.W.L. Norton, Peckinpah tried to encourage the actors to re-write, improvise and ad-lib their dialogue, with little success.[3] In another departure from the script, Peckinpah attempted to add a new dimension to the film by casting a pair of black actors as members of the convoy including Madge Sinclair as Widow Woman and Franklyn Ajaye as Spider Mike.[4] The director's health became a continuing problem, so friend and actor James Coburn was brought in to serve as second unit director. Coburn directed much of the film's footage while Peckinpah remained in his on-location trailer.[5] Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... Cross of Iron is a 1977 drama war film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, James Mason, Maximilian Schell, and David Warner. ... The Killer Elite is an action thriller starring James Caan and Robert Duvall. ... Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Tráiganme la cabeza de Alfredo García) is a 1974 film directed by Sam Peckinpah. ... Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is a soundtrack album released by Bob Dylan in 1973 for the Sam Peckinpah film of the same name. ... Madge Sinclair (April 28, 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica— December 20, 1995 in Los Angeles, California) was a Jamaican actress. ... Franklyn Ajaye (born May 13, 1949) is an African-American stand-up comedian. ... James Coburn in Sam Peckinpahs Cross of Iron (1977). ... The Second Unit Director is the leader of the second unit, which is the smaller of the two units used on almost every modern large-scale film production. ...


The picture finished 11 days behind schedule at a cost of $12 million, more than double its original budget. Surprisingly, Convoy was the highest-grossing picture of Peckinpah's career, notching $46.5 million at the box office. But his reputation was seriously damaged by rumors of increasingly destructive alcohol and cocaine abuse. Peckinpah would make just one more film, The Osterman Weekend in 1983, before his death the following year.[6] Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Movie poster for The Osterman Weekend The Osterman Weekend is a 1983 film directed by Sam Peckinpah. ...


Peckinpah has a cameo as a sound gaffer during an interview scene.[7] Rubber Duck's truck is generally represented in the movie as a 1977 Mack RS786LST[8]. “Lorry” redirects here. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Mack Trucks is one of the worlds leading truck-manufacturing companies. ...


Soundtrack

Features

Convoy is a 1975 novelty song performed by C.W. McCall (pseudonym of Bill Fries) that became a number-one hit in the USA and helped start a worldwide craze for citizens band (CB) radio. ... Lucille is the title of an early 1950s Rock and Roll song composed by Albert Collins/Little Richard and performed by Little Richard. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... -1... Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer, and is the sister of legendary country singer Loretta Lynn. ... Billy Crash Craddock (b. ... Okie From Muskogee is an album by Merle Haggard and the Strangers. ... Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... For the Scottish broadcaster, see Glenn Campbell (broadcaster). ... Doc Watson Merle Watson, c. ...

References

  1. ^ Internet Movie Database, Filming Locations for Convoy. imdb.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-20.
  2. ^ Weddle, David (1994). "If They Move...Kill 'Em!". Grove Press, 514. ISBN 0-8021-3776-8. 
  3. ^ Weddle, David (1994). "If They Move...Kill 'Em!". Grove Press, 515. ISBN 0-8021-3776-8. 
  4. ^ Simmons, Garner (1982). Peckinpah, A Portrait in Montage. University of Texas Press, 232. ISBN 0-292-76493-6. 
  5. ^ Weddle, David (1994). "If They Move...Kill 'Em!". Grove Press, 515. ISBN 0-8021-3776-8. 
  6. ^ Weddle, David (1994). "If They Move...Kill 'Em!". Grove Press, 517-518. ISBN 0-8021-3776-8. 
  7. ^ Internet Movie Database, Trivia for Convoy. imdb.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-20.
  8. ^ Trucks from the film Convoy

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... David Weddle is an American writer, best known for writing episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica with Bradley Thompson. ... David Weddle is an American writer, best known for writing episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica with Bradley Thompson. ... David Weddle is an American writer, best known for writing episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica with Bradley Thompson. ... David Weddle is an American writer, best known for writing episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica with Bradley Thompson. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Convoy (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (683 words)
Convoy was a movie released in 1978, directed by Sam Peckinpah, and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, and Burt Young.
The truckers communicate with each other via CB Radio, and much of the jargon associated with the CB radio craze are found in the film.
The film culminates in a show down near the U.S. - Mexico border, when Rubber Duck faces down Wallace and a National Guard unit on a bridge.
Convoy (1940) (560 words)
Apart from Judy Campbell in the superfluous and thankless role of the captain's wife, the acting style was one of calm, earnest underplaying that was to be the standard for this kind of film (ridiculed mercilessly in 1961 by the satirists of Beyond the Fringe).
Convoy was not only highly regarded by the critics; the most exciting, lifelike and rational account of the Navy's work in wartime yet seen on the screen, wrote one - but was also a huge box-office success, and received an American release with good returns, the holy grail of the British film industry.
Pen Tennyson's last film was also the most significant, for it marked the beginning of an official awareness of the importance of the cinema in creating useful propaganda to help the war effort.
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