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The Great Smokey Roadblock (1977)

The Last of the Cowboys (original title)
This movie is about an aging trucker named Elegant John Howard. Howard decides he and his truck Elenor has one more good run in them, and with the help of a hitchhiker and a few others he will make it happen.

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John Leone

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Elegant John Howard
Eileen Brennan ... Penelope Pearson
Austin Pendleton ... Guido
Robert Englund ... Beebo Crozier
Dub Taylor ... Harley Davidson
John Byner ... Bobby Apples
Susan Sarandon ... Ginny
Melanie Mayron ... Lula
Leigh French ... Glinda
Mews Small ... Alice (as Mayra Small)
Daina House ... Celeste (as Dana House)
Gary Sandy ... Charlie La Pere
Valerie Curtin ... Mary Agnes
Johnnie Collins III Johnnie Collins III ... Jimmy
Bibi Osterwald ... Annie McCarigle
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This movie is about an aging trucker named Elegant John Howard. Howard decides he and his truck Elenor has one more good run in them, and with the help of a hitchhiker and a few others he will make it happen.

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The funniest truckin' you've ever seen! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1979 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Smokey Roadblock See more »

Filming Locations:

Oroville, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The truck in this movie is a 1976 Kenworth W900 with a Detroit Diesel engine. See more »

Goofs

There are no visible mountains from the beaches of South Carolina. The beach scene was obviously filmed on the West Coast. See more »

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Still the One
(uncredited)
Written by John Hall and Johanna Hall
Performed by Orleans
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One Last Cross-Country Trek
23 November 2017 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

After being admitted to a hospital in California for a terminal illness, a truck driver named "Elegant John Howard" (Henry Fonda) has his big rig repossessed by the finance company. But rather than stay there and die he decides to retake his truck and drive it one last time on a trip across the country. On the way he picks up a hitchhiker near Cheyenne named "Beebo Crozier" (Robert Englund) who wants to go to Florida. Unfortunately, neither he nor Beebo have enough money to pay for the food and fuel necessary to get there. As luck would have it, however, while driving near Laramie, upon stopping to visit an old friend named "Penelope Pearson" (Eileen Brennan)-who happens to be the madam of a brothel--he discovers that she and six prostitutes desperately need to get to South Carolina. Needless to say, with their ability to make money, combined with his need to fund one last cross-country trek, both Elegant John and Penelope reach a business agreement of sorts to accomplish their respective goals. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an entertaining and light-hearted drama which kept me interested from start to finish. Admittedly, it is a bit dated but I thought it definitely managed to capture that particular period of time quite well. In any case, although this isn't the best "trucker film" ever made, I thought it was well worth the time spent and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.


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