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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Review of Convoy (1978) by Mike

Title: Convoy (1978)

Original UK Release Date: Unknown

Original US Release Date: 28th June 1978 (Limited Felease)

UK Rating: 15

US Rating: PG

Director: Sam Peckinpah

Genre: Action/Comedy

Plot: After a run in with an abusive sheriff, a group of truckers make a run for it, soon they are joined by other trucks in support of them, but can they get away?

Mike's Review
How good can a film be when it is based on a country song by C.W. McCall?
A trio of truck drivers get stopped by unscrupulous Sheriff Lyle Wallace (Ernest Borgnine). After they stop for food the Sherriff turns up and a fight ensues, the truckers make a run for it and head for Mexico persued by the police and with more and more truckers joining them along the way, the convoy attracts national attention.
The film stars Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young, Madge Sinclair, Franklyn Ajaye, Brian Davies, Seymour Cassel & Bill Coontz. But Ernest Borgnine truly steals the film in every scene he is in. playing a sheriff in a similar way that Jackie Gleason stole the show in the Smokey and the Bandit films as Sheriff Buford T. Justice. Two classic law enforcement officers who take their jobs a little too far.
The film was based on the lyrics to Convoy by C.W. McCall, however after the film was made he changed some of the lyrics to directly reference the film. Fortunately the song is catchy as it plays over most of the film.
Surprisingly, the film is very good. Especially when you consider that the plot is just a lot of trucks driving along a road! There is great action, great one liners and one of the best bar fights to hit the screen. It does turn in to a bit of a propaganda film with the truckers using the convoy to vent their frustrations about their working conditions, but over all this it a solid and entertaining film. It does look a little dated now, but this doesn’t detract from the entertainment value.
This is a fun film and definitely worth your time to watch it.
8 out of 10

Additional Information

Stand out performance: Ernest Borgnine as Sheriff Lyle Wallace

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