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Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 27 May 1977 (USA)
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The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director:

Hal Needham

Writers:

Hal Needham (story), Robert L. Levy (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Bandit
Sally Field ... Carrie
Jerry Reed ... Cledus
Mike Henry ... Junior
Paul Williams ... Little Enos
Pat McCormick ... Big Enos
Alfie Wise Alfie Wise ... Patrolman at Traffic Jam
George Reynolds George Reynolds ... Branford
Macon McCalman ... Mr. B
Linda McClure Linda McClure ... Waynette
Susie Ewing ... Hot Pants (as Susan McIver)
Laura Lizer Sommers Laura Lizer Sommers ... Little Beaver (as Laura Lizer)
Michael Mann Michael Mann ... Branford's Deputy
Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson ... Sugar Bear
Ronnie Gay Ronnie Gay ... Georgia Trooper
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Storyline

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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"What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law!" See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Variety reported that, "after shooting the first of what was intended to be a handful of scenes with Reynolds and Jackie Gleason on screen together, Reynolds demanded that the subsequent scenes be scrapped. Why? The question isn't directly answered, or even indirectly addressed." See more »

Goofs

Despite the fast speed the Bandit is supposed to be doing and in reality would be concentrating on his driving and the road he spends a great deal of time looking at the Frog. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Branford: The fact that you are a sheriff is not germane to the situation.
Buford T. Justice: The god damn Germans got nothin' to do with it.
Junior: What did he say?
Buford T. Justice: SHUT UP! ONE SHIT AT A TIME!
Junior: All right.
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Alternate Versions

For the 2006 "Special Edition" Region 1 DVD release, the film finally obtains a non-monaural sound track. However, to achieve a modern-sounding Dolby 5.1 track, most of the sound effects (screeching brakes, revving engines, etc.) have been completely replaced with re-recorded effects. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Car (2009) See more »

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The Legend
By Jerry Reed
Sung by Jerry Reed
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Best of the good old boy movies
27 July 2005 | by catchick37See all my reviews

I guess one reason I love this movie is because it doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is. It doesn't aspire to great movie-making. It was just supposed to be 90 minutes of entertainment on the big screen, and it's still entertaining. Take your brain off for a while and have fun with it.

There are hilarious lines, some funny pratfalls and even a bit of home-grown wisdom: "How ignorant you are depends a lot on which part of the United States you're standing on." Or something like that. I get a kick out of watching the convoy/rocking-chair scene every time. Makes me wonder how in the world they got around Birmingham, but that's suspension of disbelief for you. LOL.

Wish director Hal Needham had remembered that Alabama State Troopers drive Fords, not Pontiacs, but that's a small thing. My dad remarked on it every time, though.

It's just cornball entertainment, rare enough these days. Pop some popcorn and have a blast watching it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$126,737,428

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,737,428
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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