Langturschauffoer (1981)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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Four truck drivers are followed along their trips through Europe in this fictional adaptation of the very real dangers and challenges in their job. Whereas in the U.S. the dangers seem to lie in staying awake over extended periods in order to make a buck, in Europe the threat comes from the more criminal elements in society. Truckers are paid off to turn a blind eye while the Mafia dips into their cargo, and this film portrays the Mafia as attempting to take over the meat in the trucks. While the drivers have this unhealthy problem to deal with, they also are living their own lives as they run into various women along their routes and try to climb in the cab as sober as they can get after indulging a little bit too much at the last stop. The four drivers in the film (Otto Brandenburg, Jens Okking, Joern Faurschou, and Claus Strandberg) are played with humanity, and, in some instances, restrained pathos, as they face the challenges in their journeys.

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career, gangster, truckdriver