Sunday, December 11, 2011

White Line Fever (1975)

Seen: At Sam's house with his new projector, broadcast on a very nice sheet. Rented from the Tisch Library at Tufts.

Ok so sometimes a poster and tagline ("Carrol Jo Hummer: A working man who's had ENOUGH!) are enough to get me and my boyfriend (and main movie-viewing partner) interested in a film. I mean come on, look at that truck crashing through a building! Dang. White Line Fever. Jan-Michael Vincent plays the working man Carrol Jo, a newlywed trucker who quickly realizes that the local trucking company is super corrupt and everyone who works there is a big ol' bully. He tries to stand up for independent truck drivers who want to make an honest living, but is shut down at every turn. Finally he just gets FED UP and has to TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS.

Equal parts campy grindhouse and boring trucking business exposé, White Line Fever is a hit and miss action drama that is likely of primary interest to people experienced in southern trucking in the 70's. There are some truly kickass action sequences, with Jan-Michael Vincent just all-out climbing on top of a speeding truck and shooting his way out of a chase scene. And that whole driving through a huge glass structure thing. Unfortunately a lot of the action takes place at night in dimly-lit settings so it could be hard to follow. The script is middling; a lot of the businessy stuff lost me because it wasn't really explained well and I didn't find it particularly engrossing.

That's about all I have to say, I guess. Slim Pickens shows up for a while and he is pretty great, duh. Also everybody's got big guns.

3/5

Pair This Movie With: Well it turns out Jonathan Kaplan also directed the pretty rad Truck Turner, so I'm going with that!

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