Watch Now: WHITE LINE FEVER
When a young man inherits his father’s business of being an independent long-haul truck driver, he realizes how completely corrupt and unfair the trucking industry in Arizona actually is and becomes determined to withstand all of the harassment and intimidation to put his life on the line and expose the big company for what it is. The company, obviously, has something to say in the matter – and will do whatever it takes to shut his mouth forever.
In 1988, French-American filmmaker Jonathan Kaplan directed The Accused, a celebrated legal drama that brought Jodie Foster her first Oscar in the Best Actress category. Thirteen years earlier, he made White Line Fever, an action crime neo-noir based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Ken Friedman. He was offered to direct it by Peter Guber from Columbia Pictures, a successful executive who noticed the success of Kaplan’s previous film, Truck Turner. Starring Jan-Michael Vincent, White Line Fever is a powerful and tense movie that manages to carry a deeper social message. According to Kaplan, he was “trying to counter-act the right-wing vigilantism of some of the pictures that were around at the time” and strived to make a modern-day Western influenced by the Peckinpah’s work.