After Ginny La Rosa’s trucker husband, Jack LaRosa (Fred Willard), is wounded in a shootout with hijackers, she takes up trucking with the help of a friend of her husband, Flatbed Annie (Annie Potts) – a trucker without a truck – to drive his $80,000 Mack Superliner so they can keep making the payments on the rig and avoid tough repo man, CW Douglas (Harry Dean Stanton).
At their first meeting, Flatbed Annie calls Ginny “Sweetiepie” (Kim Darby) and tells her she’s a “prissy-dressed, over-the-hill cheerleader”, while Sweetiepie calls Annie a “foul-mouthed little ragamuffin”. After those cordialities, the two women become good buddies.
Annie teaches Sweetiepie the art of trucking, and Sweetiepie teaches Annie to be more feminine.
The new partners travel across California in a blacktop world of CB radios, 24-hour joints and country music. What the pair don’t know is that there is cocaine hidden in the truck somewhere- and the hijackers are after it.
This two-hour made-for-TV movie from CBS could use some trimming, but it’s such a spit-in-your-eye romp that all is forgiven. Released in the UK as Girls On The Road.
Sweetiepie (Ginny La Rosa)
Harry Dean Stanton
Jack La Rosa