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Deliverance -- Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

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Director:
Writers:
James Dickey (screenplay)
James Dickey (novel)
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Release Date:
30 July 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Deliverance from evil See more »
Plot:
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(214 articles)
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User Reviews:
A true classic See more (327 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
John Boorman 
 
Writing credits
James Dickey (screenplay)

James Dickey (novel)

John Boorman  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
John Boorman .... producer
Charles Orme .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Priestley 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Fred Harpman 
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
Donoene McKay .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... production supervisor (as Wallace Worsley)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Miles Middough .... assistant director
Skip Cosper .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Ziarko .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Jerry Kobold .... prop assistant (uncredited)
Don Pringle .... greensman (uncredited)
H. John Ramos .... props (uncredited)
James Van de Vort .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Atkinson .... sound editor
Walter Goss .... sound mixer
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Jerry Smith .... boom man (uncredited)
Gary Stahl .... cable man (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Marcel Vercoutere .... special effects
Bob Dawson .... special effects (uncredited)
Joe Day .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Ralph Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Claude Terry .... stunt double: Jon Voight (uncredited)
Gene Witham .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James O. Blair .... electrical supervisor (as Jim Blair)
Arthur Brooker .... key grip (as Art Brooker)
Bill Butler .... photography: second unit
Earl L. Clark .... assistant camera (as Earl Clark)
Sven Walnum .... camera operator
George Boulette .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Caven .... electrician (uncredited)
James Coe .... still photographer (uncredited)
John J. Connor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob M. Farnsworth .... grip best boy (uncredited)
Alan Heather .... electrician (uncredited)
Daniel R. Jordan .... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Klein .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
George Kohut .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Moore .... grip (uncredited)
Aaron Pazanti .... electrical best boy (uncredited)
Donald Schmitz .... grip (uncredited)
James O. Schori .... generator operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bucky Rous .... wardrobe master
Pat Kelly .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ian Rakoff .... assistant editor
William Neel .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Addiss .... banjo playing: Billy Redden (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Cross .... driver (uncredited)
Pat Desmond .... driver: studio van (uncredited)
Ed Dutton .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
Pat Miller .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sue Dwiggins .... production secretary
E. Lewis King .... technical advisor
Rospo Pallenberg .... creative associate
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Charles Wiggin .... technical advisor
Tony Adams .... tutor (uncredited)
Frank J. Ayre .... craft service (uncredited)
Hershey Cohen .... timekeeper (uncredited)
John Fowler .... company doctor (uncredited)
George C. King .... location doctor (uncredited)
Janey Lampros .... first aid (uncredited)
Barbara Pallenberg .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Ken Ryan .... location auditor (uncredited)
Vernon White .... publicist (uncredited)
Harry Williams .... production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Earl 'Preach' Parsons .... thanks
Frank Rickman .... thanks
 
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Runtime:
110 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (cable TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Finland:K-12 (2012) (Blu-ray) | Finland:K-16 (1987) | Finland:K-18 (1972) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:12 (video rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (1973) | Peru:18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (uncut) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Turner Classic Movies, John Boorman wanted Lee Marvin and Marlon Brando to play Ed and Lewis, respectively. After reading the script, Marvin said he and Brando were too old, and suggested that Boorman use younger actors instead. Boorman agreed, and cast Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lewis lays on the rocks after breaking his leg, the flesh and bone sticking out of his leg change between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Lewis:You w- you wanna... you wanna talk about the vanishing wilderness?
Bobby:Lewis, listen - what are you so anxious about this?
Lewis:Because they're buildin' a dam across the Cahulawassee River; they're gonna flood a whole valley, Bobby, that's why. Dammit, they're drownin' a river; they're drownin' a river, man.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Duelling BanjosSee more »

FAQ

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How did Ed shoot himself with his own arrow?
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149 out of 187 people found the following review useful.
A true classic, 2 October 2000
Author: Huge (haznet@bigfoot.com) from Washington, DC

This is without a doubt one of the best movies I have ever seen; a chilling account of a doomed canoe trip that will haunt your memory for years to come. It is disheartening to read the number of negative reviews for this excellent film, which I can only attribute to the one-dimensional nature of today's uber-blockbusters. It seems that the finer subtleties of good filmmaking present in Deliverance are lost on today's generation of moviegoers whose cinematic palates have been cloyed with multi-million-dollar special effects, unimaginative dialogue, mindless violence and saccharine plots. Every aspect of this movie has been wonderfully choreographed and combine to create a film that goes well beyond mere entertainment, simultaneously shocking and challenging the audience.

Everything that occurs in this movie serves a poignant purpose; the creators focus on quality rather than quantity. The plot, which seems simple enough, gradually takes on an eerily disturbing nature. The dialogue is sparse, but screenwriters and director use it as a strength, allowing events and cinematography to speak volumes about the characters. The violence, though disturbing, also acts as an integral piece of the film. The scenery is spectacular and Deliverance makes some of the best use of foreshadowing and silence I've ever seen in a movie.

Few movies leave such an impression on the viewer. To this day, I can't hear "Dueling Banjos"--or just about any banjo music for that matter--without thinking of this movie. Nor can I help but feel this movie doomed Ned Beatty's acting career (after seeing this film, every time you see Ned Beatty in any other role, you can't help but remember the infamous riverbank scene). Even people who have never seen the movie know the ghastly meaning of the words "squeal like a pig".

It is truly worth taking the time to see this film. It is an excellent treatise of the human reaction when challenged with fear, danger and adventure.

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