Martin Penwald (Kris Kristofferson) is driving through the Arizona desert with his Mack truck. Martin, who is known by the cb handle “Rubber Duck”, and two fellow truckers, Pig Pen and Spider Mike get pulled over for speeding by Sheriff Lyle Wallace (Ernest Borgnine). Rubber Duck and Sheriff Wallace have a long history together, as Wallace was the first one to give ticket to Rubber Duck. A while later they all end up in the same bar, where a fight starts between truckers and police officers after Wallace threatens to arrest Spider Mike. Rubber Duck, Spider Mike, Pig Pen and few other truckers involved in a fight go on the run and head to New Mexico to avoid prosecution. Six trucks lead by Rubber Duck across the state line and little by little the convoy starts to build up longer and longer. However Sheriff Wallace is not going to give up and decides to stop Rubber Duck no matter what.
You wouldn’t think that trucks driving in a convoy is entertaining for a whole movie, but this movie surely works even if you wouldn’t normally really care for trucks. Kris Kristofferson makes a great appearance as Rubber Duck and the role for Sheriff Wallace is like made for Ernest Borgnine. Ali McGraw is a photografer who is on her way to shoot a wedding, but has to take a ride with Rubber Duck after her car breaks. Movie also includes some great quotes. Like when McGraw’s character Melissa says to Rubber Duck “They’re all following you.” Where he answers “No, they ain’t. I’m just in front of them.”
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young
Cars and Trucks: Mack, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Jaguar XK-E