Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  12 August 1983 (USA)
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Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sharon Anderson ...
Police Woman
Silvia Arana ...
Latin Woman
Alan Berger ...
Purvis R. Beethoven (as Raymond Bouchard)
Connie Brighton ...
Girl #1
Earl Houston Bullock ...


Big Enos and Little Enos have opened a seafood restaurant and want to promote it in their usual fashion. The Bandit is unavailable this time, though, so they enlist Buford. "Trigger" is brought out of mothballs, a large fish is strapped to the roof of the car, and the new Bandit is on his way on another wild cross-country run. But where there is the Bandit, there is Sheriff Buford T. Justice. Written by Jason A. Cormier <>

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Pull out the stops. To heck with the cops. Someone's making out like a bandit. See more »


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Originally titled "Smokey Is the Bandit Part 3", with Jackie Gleason playing both Sheriff Justice and The Bandit. Test audiences disliked seeing Gleason as The Bandit and parts of the film were re-shot with Jerry Reed reprising his role of Cledus who was now the new "Bandit". Gleason's scenes as The Bandit have never surfaced but one publicity still of Gleason dressed as The Bandit has been found. Reportedly, Gleason said at this early time: "This picture is much better than the other two 'Smokeys'. There are more laughs. I write everything I do, but I don't take any screen credit - just the money." See more »


The stunt driver double for Jerry Reed is a heavy-set man in contrast to Reed's slim build. This is because in an earlier version of the film, Jackie Gleason also played the role of the Bandit. The man was Gleason's double. See more »


Dusty Trails: Hey, Cledus, you forgot the mustard.
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Bandit Express
Music by Lee Greenwood
Plays when Cledus pulls out in the Trans-Am as the Bandit
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22 October 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Deary me. Where do I begin? I usually have no problem watching stupid films. They give you an opportunity to just sit back, relax and enjoy the fun. Except when they are so bad that no matter how hard you try to enjoy it, you still wish there was a noose that you could use to end the misery of it all. The dialogue in this film was unbelievable. Anyone who found it funny is in urgent need of a funnybone transplant. The car chase scenes are endless, and very very lame. I don't think there is much more to say except that this film should be avoided at all costs. It is an insult to humanity, and if I were one of the actors i would quickly immigrate to the north pole and wear a sack over my head in complete and utter shame.

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