White Line Fever

MPW-78794

Poster speaks louder than words

WHITE LINE FEVER is a simple-minded, but fast and entertaining vengeance flick, quite popular on the yee-haw circuit when it came out in 1975, and justifiably famous for its finale, when Jan-Michael Vincent goes kamikaze with his diesel big rig.

Lead-in to the smasheroo ending is an action-packed series of progressively hard-to-swallow situations centering around the efforts of Vincent to make a go of it as an independent trucker on the highways of Arizona. He’s aiming for the good life with wife Kay Lenz, stymied at EVERY turn by a crooked combine and their thugs.

Slim Pickens, L.Q. Jones, Don Porter and R.G. Armstrong are arrayed as the bad guys, and they all chomp into their roles; pulp villainy reminiscent of Walking Tall and Jackson County Jail.  In spite of (or maybe because of) its crude plotting, the biz works, under Jonathan Kaplan’s able direction and through the muscular sincerity of Vincent, who jumped into this little vehicle and rode it for all it was worth.  92 minutes, with Leigh French and Dick Miller. Goofy yet savvy thing made $35,000,000.

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