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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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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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$4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,728,060 (USA) (30 May 1977)

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$126,737,428 (USA)
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Trivia

A majority of the lines and quotes spoken by Jackie Gleason character, Sheriff Buford T. Justice were improvised. See more »

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Every time a close up exterior POV of the car is shown, you can see the front end is lifted up revealing the cars is really being towed instead of driven. See more »

Quotes

Carrie: Well, what are we going to do when we go home?
Bandit: Go to bed... for a week.
Carrie: Good idea!
Bandit: ...And sleep!
Carrie: Wanna bet?
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Bandit
By Dick Feller
Sung by Jerry Reed
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Best of the good old boy movies
27 July 2005 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

I guess one reason I love this movie is because it doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is. It doesn't aspire to great movie-making. It was just supposed to be 90 minutes of entertainment on the big screen, and it's still entertaining. Take your brain off for a while and have fun with it.

There are hilarious lines, some funny pratfalls and even a bit of home-grown wisdom: "How ignorant you are depends a lot on which part of the United States you're standing on." Or something like that. I get a kick out of watching the convoy/rocking-chair scene every time. Makes me wonder how in the world they got around Birmingham, but that's suspension of disbelief for you. LOL.

Wish director Hal Needham had remembered that Alabama State Troopers drive Fords, not Pontiacs, but that's a small thing. My dad remarked on it every time, though.

It's just cornball entertainment, rare enough these days. Pop some popcorn and have a blast watching it.


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