White Line Fever
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Brand New from Truckerflicks, finally this cult classic film is brought to DVD!! SYNOPSIS: Carrol Jo Hummer returns home from the Air Force and starts working as a trucker like his father before him. Trouble starts when a bunch of racketeers try to pressure Carrol to use his rig for smuggling contraband. When Hummer refuses, he is beaten up and blacklisted. So, together with other honest truckers, Carrol organizes a protest movement that leads to a massive strike. But now Carrol, his pregnant wife and his friends become moving targets for the scheming mobsters.
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Directed by Jonathon Kaplan ( who later directed many episodes of the hit medico TV series "ER" ), the movie ticks along at a brisk pace and for a modest production, it hits all the right notes. Waif like Kay Lenz is believable as Carrol Jo Hummer's equally strong headed wife, Jerri, and serial cowboy star Slim Pickens ( in obligatory ten gallon hat, bolo ties and embroided suits ) is a hoot as friendly, but weak willed trucking depot boss, Duane Haller. A young Martin Kove is excellent as the taciturn bully, Klem ( breaking Carrol Jo's ribs with a tyre iron ), and another Western genre regular, L.Q. Jones, is equally impressive as the leering Buck Wessell. Plus, keep an eye out for wonderful character actor Dick Miller playing a fellow trucker named R. "Birdie" Corman. ( A film about independant truckers with a sly reference to Hollywood's maverick independant film producer ! )
The truck stunt work was capably handled by noted Hollywood stunt driver, Carey Loftin, who had previously handled the stunt driving in such memorable films as "Duel", "Bullitt", "Vanishing Point" and "Diamonds are Forever", and the creative cinematography of the big rigs was provided by Fred J. Koenekamp. "White Line Fever" was quite a success upon it's release (especially on the drive in circuit ) as it was cashing in on the then popularity of CB radio and the image of truckers as knights of the highways struggling against big business and politics. Not sure if this cult film will ever turn up as a studio release DVD, but one can only wait and hope !
trying to support his family, pay his bills, ect... but is inadvertantly confronted by strongarm BIG business hardball players, who undercut the freight prices, brutally beat- mame- rape- wreck- run off the road- anything to put the little guy independant trucker out of business. The "Blue Mule" handle for Jan Micheal Vincent, ultimately, gets his revenge, at the Glass House,where the corporate Big wigs hang out. A must see movie if you are a trucker, or happen to know anyone who is...