Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) Poster


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The scene where Carrie (Frog) announces her ending up the relationship to Bandit was written by Sally Field, who was about to break up with Burt Reynolds at the time. Reynolds wanted Sally to express her feelings about the breakup on film because he wanted to know how she really felt about him.
To the chagrin of the stunt crew, the Turbo Trans Ams didn't have quite the performance they were hoping for. So to get a respectable amount of speed out of them, they installed nitrous oxide tanks.
The roller coaster destroyed in the movie is the old "Greyhound" coaster that was located at the Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta, Georgia. It was due to be torn down and rebuilt after being deemed in unsafe condition so its destruction was written into this movie. It was also shown in the background during the first Smokey and the Bandit (1977) movie.
The Pontiac Trans-Am in the first movie had a 6.6 liter V-8 and the Trans-Am in this movie had a 4.9 litre Turbocharged V8.
The truck in Smokey and the Bandit (1977) that Cledus 'Snowman' Snow drove was a black and gold 1974 Kenworth W900 Model. Here, he drives a silver and blue 1980 GMC General.
At least at the time the movie was made, this picture contained one of the biggest car chases in film history. Publicity stated that it involved sixty stunt-men and stunt-women, one hundred cars and eighteen wheeler trucks. When the sequence was concluded, US $250,000 worth of vehicles had been smashed.
Jackie Gleason's brief appearance as Reginald Van Justice was a reference to Reginald Van Gleason III, a character he played throughout his TV career.
Jackie Gleason's scenes were filmed first because he was ill and he wanted to be finished with the movie as soon as possible.
The world record for the longest stunt car jump by a car powered with its own engine, at 163 feet, was performed for the film. Stuntman Gary Davis jumped a 1974 Dodge Monaco car for the roundup sequence in this movie. Davis unfortunately was injured during the stunt, receiving a compressed vertebra from a hard landing.
1500 gallons each of both day-glo orange paint and cow manure was dropped by five vintage World War II planes during the aerial battle sequence.
Reportedly, when this movie was first released, Burt Reynolds was planning to star in Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983). However, Reynolds only makes a small cameo in the second sequel.
The Pontiac Trans Am car belonging to the Bandit - Bo Darville was jokingly special billed by the production as "Son of Trigger".
At the beginning of the film, Sheriff Buford T. Justice stands in front of a church named "Texarkana Reformed United Evangelical Fundamental Church of God, the Twelve Apostles and Assorted Saints."
This movie's budget was about US $ 17 million which was about seven times the budget of the first Smokey and the Bandit (1977) movie.
After critics panned the film and his work as Director, Hal Needham took out a full page ad in 'Variety' depicting himself sitting on a wheelbarrow full of cash.
The Everglade Gas Station Attendant (Dudley Remus) played the guitar part of the Deuling Banjos' in the movie Deliverance (1972).
Jackie Gleason plays three characters in this movie: Sheriff Buford T. Justice, Gaylord Justice and Reginald Van Justice.
A large part of the filming was done at Burt Reynolds' ranch in Jupiter, Florida as well as in the north of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Many brand new Pontiac Le Mans sedan cars decked out as police cars were seen during the roundup sequence. A Phoenix car agency declined to deliver the vehicles when it was made aware that they did not include air conditioning. Pontiac recalled the cars and later supplied the production with the cars.
The name / word "Smokey' is C.B. Radio slang for any member of Law Enforcement. It is derived from the wide use by many Highway Patrol Officers who wear wide brimmed hats that are identical to the one worn by "Only you can Prevent Forest Fires" mascot "Smokey the Bear"...
Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds teamed together a number of times in movies but this was their only 'Smokey and the Bandit' movie that they made together.
This movie is one of a handful of pictures that Burt Reynolds made with his 1970s girlfriend Sally Field. In every movie they made together, Field played Reynolds' girlfriend. The movies are: Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and The End (1978).
The movie featured a number of American country and western music stars who acted in the movie as well as sung. These included Mel Tillis as a Fairground Owner, Brenda Lee as a Nice Lady, Don Williams as himself, and the Statler Brothers, Phil Balsley, Lew DeWitt, Harold Reid and Don Reid also as themselves.
This is the only 'Smokey and the Bandit' movie featuring Dom DeLuise.
Final 'Smokey and the Bandit' movie for Sally Field.
Final 'Smokey and the Bandit' movie for Burt Reynolds in a lead starring role. Reynolds is seen only in a small cameo in Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983).
This movie's storyline features an elephant mammal. About a year after this film was released, another cross-country American road comedy featured large mammals as well. That movie was Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) and the mammals, a rhinoceros and a water-skiing elephant. Both pictures were filmed in Florida.
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The pregnant elephant that Bandit & Cledus were trying to deliver from Miami to Dallas finally gives birth at Lion Country Safari wildlife refuge. Although those scenes were filmed at the LCS near West Palm Beach, Florida, there was another LCS refuge opened at the time in Grand Prairie, Texas (near Dallas) at the time of this movie's production (1980). The LCS in Grand Prairie opened in 1971 and operated for 21 years. It was ultimately closed down in 1992 due to constant flooding from its proximity to the Trinity River.

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