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Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 27 May 1977 (USA)
The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

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Pat McCormick ...
Alfie Wise ...
Patrolman - Traffic Jam
George Reynolds ...
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Linda McClure ...
Susie Ewing ...
Hot Pants (as Susan McIver)
Laura Lizer Sommers ...
Little Beaver (as Laura Lizer)
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Branford's Deputy
Lamar Jackson ...
Sugar Bear
Ronnie Gay ...
Georgia Trooper
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Storyline

Bandit and Cledus are two truck-driving southerners who accept a dare from big-shots Big and Little Enos to pick up a truckload of beer from Texas and return it to them within a specified amount of time. Picking it up is simple enough, but as they are leaving Texas, Bandit unwittingly picks up Carrie, a hitchhiking bride-to-be who just left her groom, Junior, at the altar. Junior, however, is the son of Sheriff Buford T. Justice. And when Buford and Junior discover what has happened, they go on a "high-speed pursuit" across the Southeast to catch the bandit. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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Time to take to the road, for a quiet little drive in the country...or not. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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27 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$126,737,428 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original actors mostly redubbed their own lines for the television version, except for Jackie Gleason. Actor Henry Corden, who voiced Fred Flintstone after original performer Alan Reed died, was used to replace a considerable amount of Sheriff Justice's dialogue. This is fitting, as Fred Flintstone was a parody of/homage to Gleason's character Ralph Kramden and The Flintstones (1960) was a parody of/homage to The Honeymooners (1955). See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene just after "Snowman" is pulled over by the motorcycle cop one of the chasing cars pulls a u-turn through median to give pursuit. However when performing this maneuver the car blows the front passenger side tire as witnessed by the large puff of white smoke disabling it from adding to the chase squad. See more »

Quotes

Buford T. Justice: Hey, boy, where is Sheriff Bradford? I AM Sheriff BRANford Hee hee For some reason, you sound a little taller on radio.
[Turns to his son]
Buford T. Justice: What in the hell is the world coming to?
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Connections

Referenced in Dexter: Smokey and the Bandit (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Legend
By Jerry Reed
Sung by Jerry Reed
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User Reviews

Burt, Sally, and a truckload of beer
24 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

One of the first films to tap into the anti-authoritarian aspects of the Citizen's Band (CB) radio craze, "Smokey" is basically a movie-length car chase and a pleasantly insipid slice of late-'70's Americana.

The tissue-thin plot has good ole boy pals The Bandit (Reynolds) and Cletus (a surprisingly good Jerry Reed) running a load of Coors cross-country on a tight deadline while trying to avoid an assortment of less-than-bright cops, led by pompous blowhard Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Sally Field, as a runaway bride who thumbs her way into Reynolds' car, brings charm and a welcome sense of irony to the macho proceedings.

Stunt coordinator-turned-director Hal Needham stages the action competently, and the actors, who supposedly improvised much of the dialogue, obviously enjoy themselves. A good choice for those who want to relive the glory days of CB rebels, long sideburns, plaid western shirts, and black Trans-Ams with "screaming chicken" decals on the hood. Avoid the two vastly inferior sequels.


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