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Convoy 1978 ***

Sam Peckinpah’s breezy contribution to the CB radio and truck fad of the late seventies is supposedly an adaptation of CW McCall’s hit song, with Kris Kristofferson’s Rubber Duck and his moll Melissa (Ali McGraw) leading a convoy in defiance of Sherriff ‘Cottonmouth’ Wallace (Ernest Borgnine). If Peckinpah doesn’t seem entirely at home with the material, he still manages to create a series of incredible stunts, filmed in slow-motion and delivering on the action premise. The result was a big hit in Russia, where the notion of a ‘worker’s revolt’ against the authorities went down well with the regime at the time.

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