Sight and Sound - 10/01/2011
"WHITE LINE FEVER is an exemplar of 1970s location shooting....Kaplan finds the traction to lift it into tall-tale territory."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Young Air Force veteran Carrol Jo Hummer (Jan-Michael Vincent) starts in business as the owner-operator of a thirteen-speed, seven-and-one-half-ton diesel truck, which he "dresses up" and names "The Blue Mule." With his bride, Jerri (Kay Lenz), he sets off to Tucson, Arizona, where his old friend Duane (Slim Pickens), the manager of a trucking company, gets him a job. But after Carrol Jo realizes he will be carrying illegal cargo and refuses the assignment, he's beaten by a band of gangsters working for an organized group of criminals headed by Cutler (Don Porter). When Carrol Jo's commitment to staying honest results in even further violent retribution from the trucking syndicate, he has no choice but to team up with other independent truckers to break Cutler's stranglehold and uphold the rights of the decent working man. Newly remastered.
A young trucker and his childhood sweetheart battle the corruption that plagues the nation's long-haul industry.
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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