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Deliverance ()


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Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations.
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Ed
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Lewis
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Bobby
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Drew
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Old Man
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Lonnie
Seamon Glass ...
First Griner
Randall Deal ...
Second Griner
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Mountain Man
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Toothless Man
Lewis Crone ...
First Deputy
Ken Keener ...
Second Deputy
Johnny Popwell ...
Ambulance Driver
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Doctor
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Nurse
Louise Coldren ...
Mrs. Biddiford
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Taxi Driver
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Sheriff Bullard
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Deputy Queen
Hoyt Pollard ...
Boy at Gas Station
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Martha Gentry (as Belinha Beatty)
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Ed's Boy (as Charlie Boorman)

Directed by

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John Boorman

Written by

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James Dickey ... (screenplay)
 
James Dickey ... (novel)
 
John Boorman ... (additional dialogue) (uncredited)

Produced by

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John Boorman ... producer
Charles Orme ... associate producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Vilmos Zsigmond ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tom Priestley

Editorial Department

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Ian Rakoff ... assistant editor
William Neel ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Art Direction by

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Fred Harpman

Set Decoration by

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Morris Hoffman ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Michael Hancock ... makeup artist
Donoene McKay ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Wallace Worsley Jr. ... production supervisor (as Wallace Worsley)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Al Jennings ... assistant director
Miles Middough ... assistant director
Skip Cosper ... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Ziarko ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Sidney H. Greenwood ... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Jerry Kobold ... prop assistant (uncredited)
Don Pringle ... greensman (uncredited)
H. John Ramos ... props (uncredited)
James Van de Vort ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jim Atkinson ... sound editor
Walter Goss ... sound mixer
Doug E. Turner ... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Alan Jones ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dave Maiden ... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Jerry Smith ... boom man (uncredited)
Gary Stahl ... cable man (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Marcel Vercoutere ... special effects
Bob Dawson ... special effects (uncredited)
Joe Day ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bill Couch ... stunts (uncredited)
Ralph Garrett ... stunts (uncredited)
Claude Terry ... stunt double: Jon Voight (uncredited)
Gene Witham ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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James O. Blair ... electrical supervisor (as Jim Blair)
Arthur Brooker ... key grip (as Art Brooker)
Bill Butler ... photography: second unit
Earl L. Clark ... assistant camera (as Earl Clark)
Sven Walnum ... camera operator
George Boulette ... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Caven ... electrician (uncredited)
Jim Coe ... still photographer (uncredited)
John J. Connor ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob M. Farnsworth ... grip best boy (uncredited)
Alan Heather ... electrician (uncredited)
Daniel R. Jordan ... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Klein ... camera mechanic (uncredited)
George Kohut ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Moore ... grip (uncredited)
Aaron Pazanti ... electrical best boy (uncredited)
Donald Schmitz ... grip (uncredited)
James O. Schori ... generator operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bucky Rous ... wardrobe master
Pat Kelly ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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George C. King ... location doctor (uncredited)
Ken Ryan ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michael Addiss ... banjo player (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Ray Quiroz ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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James Cross ... driver (uncredited)
Pat Desmond ... driver: studio van (uncredited)
Ed Dutton ... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
Pat Miller ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Sue Dwiggins ... production secretary
E. Lewis King ... technical advisor
Rospo Pallenberg ... creative associate
Charles Wiggin ... technical advisor
Tony Adams ... tutor (uncredited)
Frank J. Ayre ... craft service (uncredited)
Hershey Cohen ... timekeeper (uncredited)
Sergio Fiorentini ... Italian dubbing (uncredited)
John Fowler ... company doctor (uncredited)
Janey Lampros ... first aid (uncredited)
Barbara Pallenberg ... secretary to director (uncredited)
Giulio Platone ... Italian dubbing (uncredited)
Vernon White ... publicist (uncredited)
Harry Williams ... production accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Earl 'Preach' Parsons ... thanks
Frank Rickman ... thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The Cahulawassee River valley in Northern Georgia is one of the last natural pristine areas of the state, which will soon change with the imminent building of a dam on the river, which in turn will flood much of the surrounding land. As such, four Atlanta city dwellers, alpha male Lewis Medlock, Ed Gentry, Bobby Trippe, and Drew Ballinger, decide to take a multi-day canoe trip on the river, with only Lewis and Ed having experience in outdoor life. They know going in that the area is isolated. Their relatively peaceful trip takes a turn for the worse halfway through with river rapids and unwelcoming locals. The four battle need to their way out of the valley and are asked to do things they never thought possible within themselves. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Deliverance from evil See more »
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Also Known As
  • Délivrance (France)
  • Beim Sterben ist jeder der Erste (Germany)
  • Deliverance - Defensa (Spain)
  • 脱出 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Ослобађање (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Burt Reynolds broke his coccyx (tailbone) while going down the rapids when the canoe capsized. Originally, a cloth dummy was used, but it looked too fake, like a dummy going over a waterfall. While Reynolds recovered, he asked, "How did it look?" Director John Boorman replied, "Like a dummy going over a waterfall." See more »
Goofs When Lewis spears the fish with an arrow, the barb originally goes through fish's head. When he pulls it out, the arrow is through its midsection. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into La Classe américaine (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Duelling Banjos See more »
Crazy Credits The end credits only show the cast and a notice of where the location of the film was shot and the special thanks, which rolls over a shot of Ed and his wife laying down trying to sleep. It also shows the shot of the lake where the hand ascended up out of the water and the final credit reads 'Distributed by WARNER BROS' See more »
Quotes Lewis: Sometimes you have to lose yourself 'fore you can find anything.
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