Convoy (1978)

Convoy (1978) movie poster

director Sam Peckinpah
viewed: 05/27/2017

When you think about all the movies being made from video games or adapted from old, bad television shows, or even emojis, and you think this phenomenon of bad bases for movies is totally new, you might remind yourself of ConvoyConvoy was an adaptation of a hit “novelty song” and is evidence of the popularity of trucking and CB radios briefly in the mid-1970’s.

Convoy would hold a lot less weight and interest if it wasn’t that this is a Sam Peckinpah picture. Even though Peckinpah was reportedly totally wasted during the production and had a lot of help delivering this movie, it’s still a Peckinpah flick, though a weird and pretty bad one.

The poster is pretty awesome though. Almost as awesome as Ali McGraw’s hair is atrocious. Some things are indeed universal.

It seems that Convoy is sort of the anti-Smokey and the Bandit (1977). Serious where the other is silly and a failure where the other is a success. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Smokey and now it seems I need to revisit it as well.

It does get credit for featuring Ernest Borgnine as a character listed as “Dirty Lyle”.

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