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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:
20 September 1972 (France) 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 »
User Reviews:
Brilliantly Harrowing Film See more (360 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Dave Maiden .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
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)
Jim 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)
 
Location Management
George C. King .... location doctor (uncredited)
Ken Ryan .... location auditor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Addiss .... banjo player (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)
Sergio Fiorentini .... Italian dubbing (uncredited)
John Fowler .... company doctor (uncredited)
Janey Lampros .... first aid (uncredited)
Barbara Pallenberg .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Giulio Platone .... Italian dubbing (uncredited)
Vernon White .... publicist (uncredited)
Harry Williams .... production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Earl 'Preach' Parsons .... thanks
Frank Rickman .... thanks
 
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Runtime:
109 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:MA15+ (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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Bobby is the only one of the four leads whose occupation is revealed (an insurance salesman). The book reveals that Ed is a graphic designer, Lewis is a landlord and Drew is a soft drink executive.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first rapids sequence the Drew's hat disappears and reappears 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:
Soundtrack:
MoonshinerSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Why does Drew suddenly fall out of the canoe?
Why did Ed ditch the shotgun and the bow and arrows?
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110 out of 145 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly Harrowing Film, 24 December 2000

After having seen Deliverance, movies like Pulp Fiction don't seem so extreme. Maybe by today's blood and bullets standards it doesn't seem so edgy, but if you think that this was 1972 and that the movie has a truly sinister core then it makes you think differently.

When I started watching this movie nothing really seemed unusual until I got to the "Dueling Banjos" scene. In that scene the brutality and edge of this film is truly visible. As I watched Drew(Ronny Cox,Robocop)go head to head with a seemingly retarted young boy it really shows how edgy this movies can get. When you think that the kid has a small banjo, which he could of probably made by hand, compared to Drew's nice expensive guitar, you really figure out just how out of their territory the four men are.

As the plot goes it's very believable and never stretches past its limits. But what really distinguishes this film, about four business men who get more than they bargained for on a canoe trip, is that director John Boorman(Excalibur) breaks all the characters away from plain caricatures or stereotypes. So as the movie goes into full horror and suspense I really cared about all four men and what would happen to them.

The acting is universally excellent. With Jon Voight(Midnight Cowboy, Enemy of the State) and Burt Reynolds(Boogie Nights, Striptease) leading the great cast. Jon Voight does probably the hardest thing of all in this film and that is making his transformation from family man to warrior very believable. Unlike Reynolds whose character is a warrior from the start, Voight's character transforms over the course of the movie. Ned Beatty(Life) is also good in an extremely hard role, come on getting raped by a hillbilly, while Ronny Cox turns in a believable performance.

One thing that really made this movies powerful for me is that the villains were as terrifying as any I had ever seen. Bill Mckinney and Herbert "Cowboy" Coward were excellent and extremely frightening as the hillbilly's.

Overall Deliverance was excellent and I suggest it to anyone, except for people with weak stomachs and kids. 10/10. See this movie.

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