A small group of truckers defy the authorities and head out of the state to avoid a speed trap imposed by a mean sheriff. Soon the group develops into a mighty convoy.
Kris Kristofferson plays the heroic driver (“Rubber Duck”) who thumbs his nose at authority and collects a disparate group of truckers for an epic journey across the US, which sees him cross the roadblocks of sheriff Lyle Wallace (Ernest Borgnine).
It’s pretty lightweight fare for director Sam Peckinpah, but he builds an unstoppable momentum that makes you forget about the weak performances from Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw.
Forget about the inanities of Smokey and the Bandit (1977), this film remains the epitome of trucking movies. The title song by CW McCall, which is actually the source of the movie, was a massive hit at the time.
Martin Penwald, “Rubber Duck”
Lyle Wallace, “Dirty”
Bobby, “Pig Pen”
Governor Gerry Haskins
Federal Agent Hamilton