One of the few movies to be inspired by a song, Sam Peckinpah’s extrapolation of the C.W. McCall novelty hit dovetails the short-lived craze for CB lingo with the ’70s’ broader penchant for anti-establishment rebels.
Kris Kristofferson is Rubber Duck, the maverick trucker whose protest against badge-abusing sheriff Ernest Borgnine catches the imagination of his fellow big-riggers, not to mention hitcher Ali MacGraw.
Here it’s the machines that endure the violence the Wild Bunch helmer usually reserved for human beings. His hero’s preferred hood ornament, meanwhile, would later adorn Kurt Russell’s bonnet in Death Proof.
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