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12 films about truckers which are undeservedly forgotten

Bogart, Eastwood, Nicholson and many other celebrities played the roles of truckers. In the 70s, a whole galaxy of wonderful films about truck drivers appeared in the United States. Who doesn’t remember the movies “Smokey and the Bandit”, “Convoy”? They have become classics of the genre. Who knows how many young people of this time sat behind the wheel of the tractor, imitating their favorite heroes.

In addition to those films that thundered around the country, there were some others. Unfortunately, they are undeservedly forgotten. I would like to remind you about 12 films that are worth seeing. You can see some of them on YouTube

White Line Fever (1975)

This is one of the pioneers who glorified carriers. Truck driver Carol Joe fought the company, which forced workers to engage in illegal transportation of goods. The climax of the film includes a fascinating chase scene in which Joe in his “Blue Mule” leads an unequal struggle with armed bandits.

Fact: Truckers called the driver’s condition after hundreds of miles “white line fever.”

12 films about truckers which are undeservedly forgottenBreaker! Breaker! (1977)

Police brutally beat a friend of the trucker, played by Chuck Norris. The guy was paralyzed. Truckers decided to avenge their friend. They managed to expose a gang of scammers involving a corrupt judge.

Fact: With this film, the acting career of Chuck Norris began.

High-Ballin’ (1978)

The heroes of Jerry Reed and Peter Fonda turned truckers against the head of the fleet. The key was the episode in which this couple delivered illegal alcohol to the camp of slackers. The plans of the hapless truckers were disrupted. An attempt to deliver illegal goods ended in shootings, explosions and multiple accidents.

Fact: Jerry Reed became the author and performer of the main song of the film.

The Great Smokey Roadblock (1978)

Henry Fonda acts as an elderly driver. While he was being treated in the hospital, his truck was taken. A resourceful old man drove his car and helped a friend transport 6 prostitutes across the border.

Fact: Susan Sarandon and Robert Englund took part in the film.

Over the Top (1987)

Sylvester Stallone’s character is an unsuccessful trucker, but good at arm wrestling. He is going to win the competition with the main prize of $ 100,000. Thus, the hero wants to earn money on the creation of a fleet.

Fact: The film was a failure at the box office, but took a high place in the IMDb rating.

Black Dog (1998)

The truck driver Patrick Swayze was forced to carry weapons. The hero found himself in a whirlpool of unpleasant events. Desperate attempts were made to seize the cargo. Swayze’s family was taken hostage.

Fact: Meat Loaf with Randy Travis played minor roles in the film.

Rolling Vengeance (1987)

The hero of Don Michael Paul took revenge for the murder of parents and children, with the help of an 18-wheeled truck. He destroyed everything in his path.

Fact: The villain is played by Ned Beatty, better known as Superman

They Drive by Night (1940)

George Raft and Humphrey Bogart play brothers in the film who are engaged in transportation on their truck. Katina was a resounding success. There were murders, love, corruption.

Fact: After this film, Bogart played several more leading roles.

Coast to Coast (1980)

Wealthy but neurotic Madie escaped from a mental institution. On the way, she met a sullen trucker. He wasn’t very willing to help her until he learnt of the reward for her return to the hospital. The truck driver first decided to return her to a mental hospital, but the unexpected happened. Their adventures ended in love.

Fact: Robert Blake was nominated as the worst performer of a male role in 1980.12 films about truckers which are undeservedly forgotten

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

In Stephen King’s film, a truck stop worker had to contend with animated trucks with firearms and rockets. The picture is a combination of horror and comedic scenes.

Fact: The film’s soundtrack consists entirely of AC/DC songs.

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987)

This film about two good trucker brothers was created for television. There are no evil villains in it. Heroes struggle with bad weather. Having overcome the difficulties on the way, the brothers brought Christmas gifts. That’s the happy ending.

Fact: This is the second film where Wopat and Schneider play brothers.

Hoffa (1992)

The film tells the story of Jimmy Hoffa, who led the drivers’ union for a long time. Jack Nicholson’s character is ambiguous. The film shows his connection with the mafia. It is interesting for those who are concerned about the formation of the cargo transportation industry.

Fact: The film turned out to be a failure. Nicholson was nominated by Razzie for Worst Actor of 1992.

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