What the Critics Think of
CONVOY



Internet Movie  Data Base:
[5.8 Stars] 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
TV Guide:[1 STAR] Truck driver Kristofferson butts heads with corrupt sheriff Borgnine in this excuse for a series of chases and crashes. Kristofferson's performance is as monotone as his singing, showing few changes in dramatic emphasis. Unmotivated story riddled with confusion and disarray. Production staff does the job with little imagination.

BlockBuster: The CB (citizen's band) radio fad had nearly run its course when this feel-good action film was made by director Sam Peckinpah. In the story, based on C.W. McCall's song Convoy, a group of struggling truckers (who stay in touch by CB) run into a situation which ignites their indignation. They arrange to form a truck convoy under the leadership of the man whose CB nickname is "Rubber Duck" (Kris Kristofferson). He is the most aggrieved of the bunch, having been harassed beyond the point of endurance by Lyle Wallace (Ernest Borgnine) a blackmailing traffic cop who pursues him ever more frantically through several states after he fails to submit to the phony speed trap he had set up. As news of the truck convoy spreads, unexpected allies join the line, and the now-gigantic illegal protest becomes the subject of national news reports.

Reel.Com:
Renegade trucker leads peers on driving protest through the Southwest. Critics panned the script, but skillful direction makes this action-packed thrill ride entertaining for fans of 1970s car chase movies

TNT Late Night:
Kris Kristofferson and a gang of independent truckers butt heads with a corrupt sheriff and his lackies in a redneck road movie inspired by C. W. McCall's pop country anthem. Rated TV 14

E! Online Movie Review:
A Sam Peckinpah crash-fest about a lotta truckers doin' a mobile protest

Yahoo TV Coverage:
Rebel trucker ``Rubber Duck'' blocks a crooked sheriff with a CB-linked army of big rigs. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Adult Situations; Language. Rated 2 Stars

Yahoo Movie Review:
A mile-long convoy of protesting truckers speeds along the Arizona highway toward the Mexican border. The tense action builds to an incredible climax in one of the most destructive auto crash scenes ever filmed.

Leonard Maltin 1999 Movie Guide: [2 Stars] Amiable comic-book movie based on the hit song about an independent trucker who leads protesting colleagues on a trek through the Southwest. Stupid script and blah acting redeemed somewhat by Peckinpah's punchy directorial style.

E! Online Review: A Sam Peckinpah crash-fest about a lotta truckers doin' a mobile protest

NetFlix: Based on the hit song by C.W. McCall, Convoy stars Kris Kristofferson as "Rubber Duck," a defiant truck driver who speeds through three states while a corrupt cop pursues him. A mile-long convoy of protesting truckers joins him, and the action builds to an incredible climax in one of the most destructive auto crash scenes ever filmed. Directed by Sam Peckinpah, the movie co-stars Ali MacGraw, Burt Young and Ernest Borgnine.

Rotten Tomatoes:A mile-long convoy of protesting truckers speeds along the Arizona highway toward the Mexican border. The tense action builds to an incredible climax in one of the most destructive auto crash scenes ever filmed.

Moviefone (AOL) All Movie Guide: The CB (citizen's band) radio fad had nearly run its course when this feel-good action film was made by director Sam Peckinpah. In the story, based on C.W. McCall's song "Convoy", a group of struggling truckers (who stay in touch by CB) run into a situation which ignites their indignation. They arrange to form a truck convoy under the leadership of the man whose CB nickname is "Rubber Duck" (Kris Kristofferson). He is the most aggrieved of the bunch, having been harassed beyond the point of endurance by Lyle Wallace (Ernest Borgnine) a blackmailing traffic cop who pursues him ever more frantically through several states after he fails to submit to the phony speed trap he had set up. As news of the truck convoy spreads, unexpected allies join the line, and the now-gigantic illegal protest becomes the subject of national news reports.

BBC Film Review

NY Times (Review of Convoy; Published June 28, 1978)

Country Standard Time by Robert Loy (Interesting if not sarcastic review)