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Deliverance: Delivered

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
2 May 2015

Deliverance: Delivered (2007)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Director John Boorman is joined by cast members Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty as they discuss the release of DELIVERANCE and its impact on movie history as well as the people who watched it. Boorman talks about how he pretty much edited the film as the filming went along and he also talks about certain issues that the MPAA had with it. He talks about what had to be cut out and he also discusses the box office and Oscar results. The cast members all talk about their opinions on the final film as well as what it did for their careers. This was the fourth and final part in the series that took a look at the making of the picture and it's certainly great that all of the main people behind the film were here to be interviewed. This last chapter runs the shortest in regards to running time but it certainly contains a lot of great stories that will keep fans happy.

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A pleasing wrap-up for the four part "Deliverance" documentaries

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
11 August 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This final documentary in the four part series of docs that's featured on the 35th Anniversary special edition DVD of "Deliverance" concludes things in a satisfying way. Director John Boorman discusses the ironic symbolism of both the rusted car and the mobile church being moved through the street and notes how the famous climactic nightmare sequence firmly states that these men will never fully recover from the hellish ordeal that they just survived. Moreover, Boorman had a first cut of the movie finished a week after principal photography was finished. Amazingly, only a few frames from the mountain man's agonizingly drawn-out death was trimmed in order for the picture to secure an "R" rating. The reviews were generally good and the film was a box office success. Both Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox admit that the movie was crucial in launching their film acting careers. Several folks state that "Deliverance" is the type of picture that can't be easily written off emotionally or psychologically. Moreover, Boorman points out that back in the 70's he was given total creative freedom to make the film he wanted to make and still remains close friends with both the main cast and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. A nice little closer on an undeniably excellent and important landmark movie.

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