The Great Smokey Roadblock

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Action

Fonda is an aging trucker, ready to make one last cross-country run before packing it in. After he is hospitalized with a minor illness, his beloved 18-wheel rig is repossessed, and he breaks out to steal it back. He then heads out to see his old flame, Brennan, who now runs a brothel and is having some problems with the law. They decide that Fonda's last...read more

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Fonda is an aging trucker, ready to make one last cross-country run before packing it in. After he is hospitalized with a minor illness, his beloved 18-wheel rig is repossessed, and he breaks out to steal it back. He then heads out to see his old flame, Brennan, who now runs a brothel

and is having some problems with the law. They decide that Fonda's last run should include taking her and the girls across the country, so everyone piles in, and the bunch heads off, with the police in hot pursuit. The girls use their talents along the way to make gas money, and the entire effort

receives media attention from television and radio, thanks to a wild disc jockey, Byner. In the climactic finish Fonda rams his truck through a three-car-deep police blockade. He dies in Brennan's arms with a look of profound achievement on his face. Although completed in 1976 as THE LAST OF THE

COWBOYS, this movie was not released for two years. (Fonda, unaware that truckers are popularly referred to as "cowboys," at first refused the part because he didn't want to ride a horse at his age.) The film has a good sense of fun to it. Fonda seemed to be having the time of his life, giving a

good performance despite the fact he was wearing both a pacemaker and hearing aid during filming.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Fonda is an aging trucker, ready to make one last cross-country run before packing it in. After he is hospitalized with a minor illness, his beloved 18-wheel rig is repossessed, and he breaks out to steal it back. He then heads out to see his old flame, Br… (more)

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