MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 1,901 this week

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

 -  Action | Comedy | Romance  -  27 May 1977 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 27,761 users  
Reviews: 139 user | 35 critic

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 03 Apr 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 10 Feb 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 09 Apr 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Smokey and the Bandit.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country car race.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett
Hooper (1978)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Aging stuntman Sonney Hooper is still on top as one of the best stuntmen in the business. But up and coming Ski is starting to do bigger and better stunts. Hooper has the experience to ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The original characters from the first Cannonball movie race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin
Stroker Ace (1983)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors
Gator (1976)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Agents force an ex con to help them nab a corrupt politician.

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter
The End (1978)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Slapstick black comedy about a man (Reynolds) who finds that he hasn't much longer to live and has bungled his attempts at suicide.

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Dom DeLuise
Bandit: Bandit Goes Country (TV Movie 1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Brian Bloom, Brian Krause, Christopher Atkins
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Mike Henry ...
...
Pat McCormick ...
Alfie Wise ...
Patrolman - Traffic Jam
George Reynolds ...
...
Linda McClure ...
Susie Ewing ...
Hot Pants (as Susan McIver)
Laura Lizer Sommers ...
Little Beaver (as Laura Lizer)
Michael Mann ...
Branford's Deputy
Lamar Jackson ...
Sugar Bear
Ronnie Gay ...
Georgia Trooper
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

texas | georgia | sheriff | police | coors beer | See more »

Taglines:

Meet Bo Darville, aka, "The Bandit." Smokies (Cops) hate him. Guys dig him. And even girls can't get enough of him! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 May 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos pícaros con suerte  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$126,737,428 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Pat McCormick (Big Enos Burdette) was only 13 years older than Paul Williams (Little Enos Burdette). See more »

Goofs

The radio mic Sheriff Justice uses is for an FM transmission radio. This type of radio transmits on a different wavelength (high band frequency) than CB radios. He'd never be able to talk to any CB users via this mic/radio. See more »

Quotes

Buford T. Justice: [to his son] There's no way, *no* way that you came from *my* loins. Soon as I get home, first thing I'm gonna do is punch yo mamma in da mouth!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

West Bound And Down
(uncredited)
Written by Dick Feller and Jerry Reed
Performed by Jerry Reed (I)'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Smokey bacon!
9 June 2003 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"Snowman what's your 20, you got your ears on, comeback? We got a Smokey convoy on our tail moving eastbound and down, with the peddle to the metal and the thing to the floor". If any of that makes sense to you it means one of two things. Either you were a young male in the late seventies who dressed in cowboy boots and drove a trans-am... or you have seen the film Smokey and the Bandit.

Smokey sees classically trained thespian Burtrand Reynolds essay the role of the Bandit, a mythical, almost Quixotesque figure, who cuts across the American landscape in a black Pontiac firebird, the ultimate phallic representation of male dominance. The densely layered plot sees Bandit become involved in a quest of Arthurian proportions, attempting to do "what they say can't be done". As it goes, there's a drought in old Atlanta, and the fine townsfolk are gagging for some liquid refreshment for the upcoming monster-truck derby. Luckily, Bandit hears that there's beer in Texarkana, and sets out across country to bring it back... no matter what it takes.

Director Hal Needham, surely an auteur of Hitchcockian proportions, keeps the first act moving along at a steady pace, and there is always close attention paid to characterisation. However, it is in act two that things really get interesting, for no sooner has the Bandit and his ever-faithful slave... sorry, sidekick Snowman loaded up the truck with the brew... than they are set upon by a runaway bride (Sally Field), a fleet of southern law enforcers, and the formidable Sheriff Bufred T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), whose catchphrase "that sun' bitch" proved to be as lastingly funny as a dose of the clap. From this point on tension is cranked to eleven, with more jaw-dropping moments than the entire Indian Jones series combined. Don't believe me, take the scene where Bandit attempts to jump the bridge... if this doesn't have you standing on your seat screaming "go bandit go... yee-haw", then quite frankly nothing will.

Bandit is one no-nonsense jive-talker, an enduring character whose down with the kids (and the blacks), making him one fine example of a true southern gent. We never doubt our hero will fail at his mission, especially not with the benefit of hindsight, since Bandit managed to evade the law and return for the imaginatively titled Smokey and the Bandit II. Here his bounty was an African elephant that, understandably, had the hots for the moustachioed one. Then there was the third instalment, which had a script so bad Reynolds himself turned it down. Here the sh*t-kickers formula was repeated... just without the kick. Smokey and the Bandit is, admittedly, not high art. It's not even low art. But it does represent some kind of period piece, a history lesson, or the pinnacle of late seventies cinema.

Your enjoyment of the film depends on your first viewing experience. If like myself, you were a young boy growing up in the mid-eighties, you will have no doubt lived for the endless thrills, spills, car crashes and second-rate jokes that pepper Bandit, and its two sequels. It's easy to laugh at now, and a young audience will probably be left scratching their heads at the sight of Burt Reynolds mugging uncontrollably to the camera for ninety-minutes whilst Jerry Reed gets to 'sing' his good ol' boy theme tune 'East-bound and Down' for the one-millionth time, but there is a perverse pleasure in seeing bell-bottoms, grown men with CB radios and muscles cars the size of small houses, the likes of which most people won't have seen since 1982. 3/5


28 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One scene that hits the PC button... chihuahuaboydh-724-612855
Line changes in TV cut brad_filippone
Favorite quotes from the movie! (List them here) drk1996
Diablo Sandwich schmitty074
Savannah or Atlanta-where'd they start from? joefcfd
Bootlegging? cruegod
Discuss Smokey and the Bandit (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?