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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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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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Meet Bo Darville, aka, "The Bandit." Smokies (Cops) hate him. Guys dig him. And even girls can't get enough of him! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,728,060, 30 May 1977, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$126,737,428

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$300,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pat McCormick (Big Enos Burdette) was only 13 years older than Paul Williams (Little Enos Burdette). See more »

Goofs

Bandit tells a trucker on the CB that he is "coming up on" Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bandit was driving from Texarkana to Georgia. Fayetteville is way north of any direct route from Texarkana to Georgia. See more »

Quotes

[Communicating through the C.B. radio]
Bandit: Sheriff, uh, Buford T. Justice, please.
Buford T. Justice: Who there?
Bandit: This is Bandit Darville talkin'.
Buford T. Justice: Where are you, you sombitch?
Bandit: Before I tell you where I am, Sheriff, there's just one thing I wanna say. You must be part coon dog, 'cause I've been chased by the best of them, and son, you make 'em look like they're all runnin' in slow motion. I just wanna say that.
Buford T. Justice: Well, thank you, Mr. Bandit. And as the pursuer, may I say you're the goddamnedest pursuee I've ever pursued. ...
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Alternate Versions

The TV print needed extensive overdubbing to reduce the amount of profanity. In particular, Jackie Gleason's expression "Sum-bitch!" was replaced with "Scum-bum." This new word became a popular catch phrase with kids after the film made its TV debut. See more »

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Bandit
By Dick Feller
Sung by Jerry Reed
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The ultimate cowboy/trucker movie
15 June 2005 | by james-vassSee all my reviews

Worthy of adding to your personal collection. Burt Reynolds plays the part of the Bandit, a heart-throb for all white-trash trailer dwelling women, to a tee. Jackie Gleason does an impeccable job of bringing to life the role of the backwards southern sheriff, one of the finest performances of his great career. The soundtrack was an instant classic, combining folk, bluegrass and country, and leaving the viewer with an urge to recite the lyrics for days after. A must see for all serious movie watchers. Sally Field portrays a talented dancer who bails out on a marriage to the son of the stereotypical "southern" sheriff. The sheriff takes this as a personal insult and a dishonor to his authority. He then treks across the south in "hot pursuit" of the runaway bride and along the way encounters his arch-nemesis, The Bandit, resulting in non-stop laughs throughout the movie. This film combines sexuality (two of the hottest stars of the '70s and '80s), laughter (Jackie Gleason, need I say more), and a great feel-good script. I almost forgot this movie's greatest contribution to humanity, the introduction of a natural star, Fred the dog.


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