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Kristofferson and MacGraw – Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Get in Their Way! Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy in 35mm! 10-4

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Portage, please click here.

Wednesday, April 24 @ 7:30pm
CONVOY
Directed by Sam Peckinpah • 1978
A two-fisted, tender, and explosive answer to the inexplicable trucking craze that overtook the better part of the country in the mid-’70s, Convoy was the second-to-last feature of director Sam Peckinpah, and his first and only attempt at a box office hit. Shot almost entirely in New Mexico, Convoy is an odd mix of lonely expanses of highway, tightly executed action sequences (including the best 18-wheeler explosion you’ve ever seen), and Captain Marvel-esque plotlessness. Kris Kristofferson is Martin ‘Rubber Duck’ Penwald, who leads a mile-long convoy of truckers in a meandering diesel-fueled protest to corrupt highway-cop Ernest Borgnine; Ali MacGraw is the wedding photographer whose car breaks down and takes up with the Duck and his band of outlaws. For a film simultaneously selling out its director’s reputation and cashing in on the 1975 song of the same name, Convoy is one of those rare films that manages to be weirdly moving and simultaneously kick-ass. Kristofferson gives a performance as listless as James Taylor and Dennis Wilson in Two Lane Blacktop, and he emerges as heroic as Errol Flynn, but the trucks steal the show. (JA)
110 min • EMI Films • 35mm from Park Circus
Cartoon: Popeye the Sailor in “Cops Is Always Right” (Fleischer Studios, 1938) – 16mm – 7 min

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