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White Line Fever

Released 1975
Distributor Columbia

Director Jonathan Kaplan followed up his knockout Truck Turner with this slam-bang 1975 trucksploitation hit. Vietnam vet Jan-Michael Vincent takes over his late father’s Arizona hauling business and has to battle violent smugglers and corrupt officials. It’s a rubber-meets-the road, Capra-esque little-guy-vs.-the-system populist thriller, Walking Tall-style. Lots of great character actors on hand.

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About Jonathan Kaplan

NYU grad and 40-episode ER producer-director Jonathan Kaplan began his career at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, moving on to AIP and the majors with acclaimed films like Over the EdgeHeart Like a Wheel and The Accused, which won Jodie Foster a Best actress Oscar. His iconic action credits include Truck TurnerWhite Line Fever and Unlawful Entry. Jonathan is the son of film composer Sol Kaplan and nephew of actor Van Heflin. Proudly continuing his career trajectory toward The News in Welsh, Kaplan has just wrapped a basic cable “Jiggle Show” where all the men who audition [and there are only young men] must do so topless so the Network can determine if the boys are sufficiently “ripped” to be rewarded the role. Kaplan says, in keeping with his credo that one should learn something from every gig: “I can confidently report that 6-out-of-10 actors under 30 clearly prefer Calvin Klein.”

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