White Line Fever

(Jonathan Kaplan, USA, 1975)


Jonathan Kaplan's action film, pitched midway between his early, rough-as-guts exploitation movies (Truck Turner, 1974) and his later issue-based successes (The Accused, 1988), is a visceral, politically invigorating drama of a truckie (Jan-Michael Vincent) taking on corrupt unions.

The dynamics of white-collar power relations are embodied with melodramatic panache in the colourful collisions of men and automobiles.

As in Unlawful Entry (1992), Kaplan even creates an interesting space for a woman (Kay Lenz) in this predominantly male scenario.

This film has steadily become a sentimental favourite and standard reference-point for all fans and students of the post-Corman legacy in American cinema.

MORE Kaplan: Brokedown Palace, Heart Like a Wheel, Immediate Family, Love Field, Fallen Angels, Project X

© Adrian Martin January 1993

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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