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Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  27 May 1977 (USA)
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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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Mike Henry ...
Pat McCormick ...
Alfie Wise ...
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George Reynolds ...
Linda McClure ...
Susie Ewing ...
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Laura Lizer Sommers ...
Little Beaver (as Laura Lizer)
Michael Mann ...
Branford's Deputy
Lamar Jackson ...
Sugar Bear
Ronnie Gay ...
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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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"What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law!" See more »


Action | Comedy


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Release Date:

27 May 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos pícaros con suerte  »

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$126,737,428 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Trans-Am used for the bridge jump was fitted with a Chevrolet engine, according to Hal Needham. See more »


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Sheriff Branford: The fact that you are a sheriff is not germane to the situation.
Buford T. Justice: The god damn Germans got nothin' to do with it.
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Back when Burt was god
9 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie,as far as I know,never won any special honours.It perhaps is not listed as one of the top 1,000,000 movies of all time.but I (and I am not ashamed to admit this),love this movie.Perhaps it is the charm exuded by Burt Reynolds. Perhaps it is the beautiful Sally Field(she will forever remind me of the little girl who lived next door but one who always managed to elude me)Perhaps it is the comic genius of Jackie Gleason. This is the absolute "king" of redneck comedy movies(and I use the term "redneck" with the utmost affection).I am a fan of great films,but I have my guilty pleasure movies as anyone has. This one tops my list of those.Love it!

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, second-rate jokes and Big Burt as the Bandit, and its two sequels. It's easy to laugh at now, 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.

And as a side note only Star Wars grossed more than Smokey and the Bandit in 1977

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