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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 county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.



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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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It's Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason, in high gear and hot water! See more »


Action | Comedy


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Release Date:

27 May 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bandit  »

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$126,737,428 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the restaurant Sheriff Justice (Jackie Gleason) orders a "Diablo sandwich" which is like a "Sloppy Joe" but spicier. There are regional differences but it is usually made like a Sloppy Joe with ground beef. The Sloppy Joe spices are replaced with taco spices and the recipe might include hot sauce, canned corn and diced tomato. In some places jalapeño peppers are added. It is usually served on a hamburger bun. See more »


When Sheriff Justice pulls up the three guys at the abandoned car, they do not hear the sound of his car pull up or the sound of him walking, yet they can hear the sound of the cigarette lighter being closed. See more »


Bandit: You must be in a hell of a hurry, huh, Sheriff?
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By Dick Feller
Sung by Jerry Reed
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The First Thing I'm Gonna Do When I Get Home Is Punch Your Momma In The Mouth
5 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As you can tell by my screen name, I love this movie. I do regard this movie as my favorite of all time. Oscar material? Certainly not. But who cares.

The basic premise of the movie is a simple one. The Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and The Snowman (Jerry Reed) are trying to deliver a truckload of bootlegged Coors beer in 38 hours or less for $80,000 (big money back in 1977). All this while trying to shake a bloodhound sheriff (Smokey played by Jackie Gleason) and his bonehead son, Junior. Oh, and during all of this Bandit falls in love with a hitchhiker named Carrie (Sally Field).

As much as this is the movie that Burt Reynolds is known for, it's Jackie Gleason that makes this movie for me. His are my favorite lines in the movie. Don't get me wrong, Burt and his ohhh so 70's mustache do a fabulous job of smiling and laughing, but it's Gleason who has me in stitches every time I watch this movie. I received my first copy of this movie somewhere around 1986 (Christmas present). At some point I tried to figure out how many times I have viewed this movie. A conservative guess would be somewhere around 300.

It's simple fun, but there is a little bit of magic in this movie that was absent in Smokey And The Bandit II. Both Burt Reynolds and Sally Field claim that the reason the movie worked so well is that you are watching two people fall in love, for real, on film.

Aside from the love story and Gleason's portrayal of Bufford T. Justice, the movie has some fantastic and real (not CGI) car chases and stunts. This is a must own for anyone who loves a good car chase.

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