A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.
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.
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.
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
According to director Hal Needham in the DVD Documentary, Pontiac gave them three Trans-Ams and two LeMans (Sheriff Justice's patrol car) for the film. Needham says that one of the Trans-Ams was completely destroyed during the famous bridge jump scene and that with all the damages the LeMans sustained, they eventually had to piece all three bodies together to make one LeMans See more »
During the roadblock scene in front of the store the wide shot shows all 3 cruisers are Plymouth Fury's. However the cruiser that backs up striking the passing cruiser rolling it downhill is a Pontiac Bonneville. See more »
Buford T. Justice:
And don't go home, and don't go to eat, and don't play with yourself. It wouldn't look nice on my highway.
[begins to turn away, then returns]
Buford T. Justice:
Oh, you can THINK about it... but don't do it!
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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 »
This movie brings back the memories. Back when a time was simple and movies were just plain ole fun. A lot of the stuff in the movie is lost on today's generation, but I could laugh for hours. Such classic one-liners and of course it was in a time when Coors beer could not be bought east of Mississippi. Always want what ya can't have. Anyways, I watch it everytime it comes on tv, but of course, the real thing is BEST!
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