Overview

Henry Fonda plays Elegant John, an old trucker who steals back his prized rig in California and takes off with almost no money. His Kenworth tractor has the name Eleanor on it. Elegant John once met Eleanor Roosevelt. He pulls a Fruehauf van with a "sunroof". Why is he called Elegant John? Well, sonny, if you drive five million miles without being late or having a wreck, you deserve to be called Elegant. Elegant John picks up Bible-thumping hitchhiker Beebo Crozier, who is going to Florida to learn motel management. Elegant John stops and gets fuel. Beebo reluctantly pays for fuel. The two stop at a whorehouse for truckers at Cheyenne, Wyoming, a possible homage to Fonda's movie The Cheyenne Social Club. The prostitutes are about to be raided, and the madam hires Elegant John to take them to the coast of South Carolina to start another prostitution business. Thus Elegant John's trip will be coast to coast.

  1. John Leone

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda

    Elegant John

  2. Eileen Brennan

    Eileen Brennan

    Penelope

  3. Austin Pendleton

    Austin Pendleton

    Guido

  4. Robert Englund

    Robert Englund

    Beebo Crozier

  5. Susan Sarandon

    Susan Sarandon

    Ginny

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Facts

Status Released

Release Information

  • June 21, 1978
    Theatrical

    Meaning

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 44m

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