After seeing Peckinpah's director's cut, EMI and their executive Michael Deeley fired him and Craven from the film and hired another editor, Graeme Clifford, to completely re-edit the film down to one hour and fifty minutes and make it more like Smokey and the Bandit (1977) since a year earlier that movie was a huge hit, and they also removed Fielding from composing the score and "Blow The Gates To Heaven" song by Gillis, although this rejected song was included on his album with the same title, and "Passion & Poetry" documentary also includes an edited version of the bridge scene with the song, showcasing how the original scene would have looked like. Peckinpah was furious after he was fired. He later went and said how the released version of the film was not the Peckinpah film and how some of Ali MacGraw's best scenes were cut out, along with many others. He also said how he hadn't seen the final version and how, if he had, he'd probably "done violence to those involved".
Garner Simmons, author of "Peckinpah: A Portait in Montage" saw the original cut back in 1978 and he said how EMI and Clifford didn't care about the film and "cut the guts out of it". He also said that, although it wasn't perfect, that first cut of Convoy was much better than final released version.