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Another excellent documentary

Author: Woodyanders ( from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
21 July 2008

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The second part of a four part retrospective documentary that's featured as an extra on the 35th Anniversary DVD offers several more nice stories and revealing insights about the making of this landmark picture. This time we learn that Ned Beatty was the sole cast member with any canoing experience (yet he plays the clumsiest guy in the movie!), the fifteen-year-old boy who does the famous "Dueling Banjos" scene with Ronny Cox couldn't play a note (another kid actually did the banjo playing off screen), Burt Reynolds read a book on zen and archery to prepare for his role, Jon Voight picked the wrong flimsy wooden canoe to brave the rapids on, the natural woodland setting makes "Deliverance" a widescreen film by design, Vilmos Zsigmond was hired as the cinematographer for the movie because he possessed the necessary toughness to survive the rough and arduous shooting of the film, and the campfire scene was crucial in establishing the isolation and vulnerability of the main characters. Essential viewing for fans of this film.

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