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Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

 -  Action | Comedy | Romance  -  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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Hot Pants (as Susan McIver)
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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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"What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law!" See more »

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Action | Comedy | Romance

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27 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Dos pícaros con suerte  »

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$126,737,428 (USA)
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Ronnie Gay, Lamar Jackson and Quinnon Sheffield were real Georgia State Troopers at the time of the filming of the movie. See more »

Goofs

The truck that races the Kenworth, at the Roadeo, changes from a 1970-1977 GMC Astro, with racing number 27, to a 1960-1972 White 7400 Series Cab-Over-Engine, with racing number 10. The Kenworth is also not the Bandit's. This is evident by the single exhaust stack (Bandit truck has two), and the race truck is wearing two-tone brown paint in the "Seminole" stripes. The Bandit truck is different in color and design. See more »

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Buford T. Justice: This happens every time one of these floozies starts poontangin' around with those show folk fags.
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The Legend
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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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