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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 state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

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

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Action | Comedy

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,728,060, 30 May 1977, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$126,737,428

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$300,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Trivia

While Hal Needham was in Georgia working as Burt Reynolds' stunt double in Gator (1976), the driver captain on the set brought some Coors beer from California and brought a couple of cases to Needham's hotel room. After he noticed that the maid kept stealing the beers from the fridge, he remembered a TIME magazine article from 1974 about how Coors was unavailable east of the Mississippi River, because the beer was not pasteurized and needed constant refrigeration, and couldn't legally be sold outside of 11 western and southwestern U.S. states. Which made him realize that, "bootlegging Coors would make a good plotline for a movie." See more »

Goofs

Just when Snowman hits the 85 mark, Bo and Frog comes up behind him. Even if it is shown in a back view mirror, you can see that Bo is driving (sitting to the left in the car). But when the car pulls up in front of Snowman, Bo is getting out on the right side of the car (still as a passenger)... See more »

Quotes

Cledus Snow: Hold on to your ass Fred!
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Soundtracks

Bandit
By Dick Feller
Sung by Jerry Reed
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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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