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A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.
Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.
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
Set with his $5.3 million budget, a studio "hatchet man" was sent to Atlanta to inform Hal Needham that his budget was cut by $1 million. With Burt Reynolds making $1 million, Needham still had $3.3 million to make his film. See more »
Interior shots show the Trans-Am to have an automatic transmission, but in several shots, it's evident a manual transmission model is used - When Bandit says to Snowman "Let's haul ass", he pulls an automatic shifter down into Low and rips away from Snowman's house. In the very next shot, when he takes off from the first traffic light, he revs the engine and dumps the clutch (only possible with a manual) to smoke the rear tires. When Bandit picks up Frog later, you can see him jam the shifter forward (into first gear), dump the clutch again, and shift into second gear causing the "bark" of the tires and sideways movement of the Trans-Am. See more »
[Speaking to Big Enos]
Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Why do you want that beer so bad?
Because he's thirsty, dummy!
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It all has already said but then.. I also used to drive 18 wheelers in my previous life and this movie and the actors / actresses show nicely how it plays on road ( mostly ). So - not a great movie art but fun if you take it that way. Also already said but CB's can be useful, todays rigs have cell phones, satellite phones, GPS, etc.. but at that time it was who you know and know where you are. Sally Fields is always a delight, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, etc.. very fun acting. This movie has some old fashioned touch that is missing from too many ( assumed fun ) action movies today - also the effects are not as bad as in many todays movies, tire noise on gravel doesn't sound like tires on asphalt, stunts don't look like computer simulations and so on. Enjoy and dream driving..
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