It's been a few years since Cletus and the Bandit made their famous 28-hour run to Texas for a few cases of Coors. Bandit is now a washed-up has-been living in the past, until Big Enos and Little Enos make him another offer: Transport a live Elephant across country in 3 days or less.Written by
The world record for the longest stunt car jump by a car powered with its own engine, at 163 feet, was performed for the film. Stuntman Gary Davis jumped a 1974 Dodge Monaco car for the roundup sequence in this movie. Davis unfortunately was injured during the stunt, receiving a compressed vertebra from a hard landing. Wrong. It's the Bridge jump from the first movie. Not part 2. See more »
No animal would be kept inside a crate for 3-4 weeks while it goes through "quarantine". See more »
Buford T. Justice:
[Bandit takes off from between two semi trucks]
It's the Bandit!
Buford T. Justice:
[Repeatedly honks the car horn at the semi in front of him]
Hey you big piece o' turkey dump! Get that mess the hell outta there!
[Peers out of the semi cab]
Talking to me?
Buford T. Justice:
Yes, I'm talkin' to you!
Alright, I'll see if I can get it in gear.
[Put's the truck in reverse and proceeds to push Sheriff Justice's car backwards]
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Extensive overdubbing was required for network TV broadcast, in particular replacing a good percentage of Jackie Gleason's dialogue with new lines spoken by an actor with a noticably higher voice. The recurring phrase "Sum-bitch!" became "Scum-bum!" (same as TV prints of the first Smokey and the Bandit (1977)). Even the bloopers at the end needed to be redubbed, with the phrase "your mother's ass" being changed to "your father's face"! See more »
Highly Anticipated and Extremely Disappointing Sequel.
The original Smokey and the Bandit was a monster of a film, finishing behind only Star Wars at the Box Office in 1977. It was one of the last movies seen by Elvis, who arranged a private viewing due to it's popularity. I myself, barely a teenager, saw it several times in the theater.
Now, when a sequel was announced, we all just knew it would pick up where the first one left off and follow the gang's exploits up to Boston and back to Georgia in 48 hours with clam chowder for the Enoses. But no, the producers and writers chose to create an entirely new exploit, which is basically a rehash of the route traveled in the first, but going in the other direction and pretty much at the speed limit! First off, the Enoses could have hired anyone for a lot less money, as obviously time was not of the essence. Afterall, after they accept the job, considerable time is spent getting the Bandit back into shape! Or did the writers expect us to believe it only took one day? They may have, considering they also threw in a scene where Burt, during his rehab outruns a racehorse. And what were they thinking having Carrie marrying Junior again? Sheriff Justice said at the end of the first he wasn't giving up his pursuit of Bandit, so he didn't need this motivation, again.
So, obviously, instead of a good ole' boy movie like the first, we have a cartoon with humans! See Jackie Gleason utter sombitch 6 dozen times! Hear Dom Deluise spout nonsensical Italian phrases! Watch truckers run over police cruisers with no regards to consequences (like causing lawman's death)! Become aghast at Jerry Reed turning into a tough guy life coach. Experience Burt Reynolds trying to show he has a heart! Look at Sally Field's expression of disdain for her agent! And don't miss the ending blooper reel!
This was the beginning of the end for Burt as he started becoming a caricature of himself. People began to view his movies as just an excuse for Burt and his buddies to get together and party while not having to bother themselves with any strenuous acting.
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