Based upon C.W. McCall's humorous trucker song "Convoy" from the mid-1970s "Convoy" is a 'feel good' movie that pits truckers against a sheriff who is intent on making their lives miserable. Director Sam Peckinpah packed this movie with plenty of action and fun with exemplary camera work provided. "Convoy" features lots of real tractor trailer trucks and scenes of them driving on highways. C.B. radios also figure prominently in this film and several of the characters have unusual 'handles' or on-air names.
The lead characters in "Convoy"are Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw and Ernest Borgnine. Kristofferson plays a truck driver nicknamed "Rubber Duck", Ali MacGraw is cast as a romantic interest of Kristofferson's and Borgnine plays an ornery sheriff who resorts to diabolical means to wreak havoc on the trucker's lives.
In the film Sheriff Wallace is unscrupulously identifying himself as a trucker while talking on the C.B. radio. After telling truckers on the CB that the coast is clear for them to speed up their driving Sheriff Wallace surprises the truckers when he stops them and tries to extort money.
Relations between the truckers and the sheriff worsen to the point where a confrontation develops between the sheriff and some of the truckers in a restaurant. Because of an incident that occurs at the restaurant the truckers decide to head out of state to avoid prosecution.
When news spreads on the C.B. radio of what happened between the truckers and the sheriff a bunch of other truckers decide to form a convoy of trucks on the highway in a show of support for the truckers.
Eventually the convoy draws extensive public support and attention from politicians. A well-written surprise ending is also featured in "Convoy".
"Convoy" features excellent music throughout the film with songs performed by C.W. McCall, Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard.