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Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

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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.


Dick Lowry



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Gleason ... Buford T. Justice
Jerry Reed ... Cledus Snow / 'Bandit'
Paul Williams ... Little Enos Burdette
Pat McCormick ... Big Enos Burdette
Mike Henry ... Junior Justice
Colleen Camp ... Dusty Trails
Faith Minton Faith Minton ... Tina
Burt Reynolds ... The Real Bandit
Sharon Anderson Sharon Anderson ... Police Woman
Silvia Arana Silvia Arana ... Latin Woman
Alan Berger Alan Berger ... Hippie
Ray Bouchard ... Purvis R. Beethoven (as Raymond Bouchard)
Connie Brighton Connie Brighton ... Girl #1
Earl Houston Bullock Earl Houston Bullock ... Flagman
Ava Cadell ... Blonde


Big Enos and Little Enos have opened a seafood restaurant and want to promote it in their usual fashion. The Bandit is unavailable this time, though, so they enlist Buford. "Trigger" is brought out of mothballs, a large fish is strapped to the roof of the car, and the new Bandit is on his way on another wild cross-country run. But where there is the Bandit, there is Sheriff Buford T. Justice. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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Pull out the stops. To heck with the cops. Someone's making out like a bandit. See more »


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smokey is the Bandit See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,728,060, 14 August 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The yacht that Big & Little Enos are standing next to when Justice accepts their bet in Miami is named "Monkey Business." This yacht, based in Miami, is the same "Monkey Business" that Presidential contender Gary Hart was on with Donna Rice in Bimini. Rice was not his wife and it led to the derailment of his 1988 campaign. See more »


During most scenes that have a close-up of Sheriff Justice in the car with his sunglasses on - you see the crew lights reflected. See more »


Nudist Female: If you want to stay, Sheriff, you've got to take your clothes off.
Buford T. Justice: I don't even take my clothes off in front of my good wife, Wilhelmina.
Nudists: Awwwww.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a cast montage consisting of the movie's footage appear on the right side of the screen, with a still photo of Buford T. Justice saluting. The "This Motion Picture" disclaimer appears on the left side of the screen, even though there is nothing else taking up space. See more »

Alternate Versions

The new scenes added for USA include the following:
  • After the Enos' have paid off the Latinos, there's a shot of Buford driving his policecar past 3 fishermen on a bridge. One of them casts his line off and ends up catching his line on the fish Buford's got on his roof. The fisherman shouts "Whoa!" to try and stop Buford from driving off with his line, but the car keeps going and ends up dragging all of the fishermen's gear with them.
  • One scene comes when Buford runs out of gas. Junior is shown pushing the car up to a gas station pump. Out of breath, he asks an attendant "Can I use your bathroom? I have to go number 1 real bad!". The attendant walks over to Buford's side of the car and makes a remark in Spanish about the fish on his roof. "Just fill the tank Pancho Villa!" Buford says. The attendant obliges. This is followed by a long far away shot of the Enos' caddy driving through a country road and Little Enos saying "Daddy? I feel good! I feel playful!" and Big Enos replying, "Well you sound playful too son!". Then we're back to Buford in the gas station who is polishing up his glasses. Meanwhile 3 masked bandits have held up the place and are running off with money. One of them drops a sack of it and Buford tells him, "Hey good buddy! You dropped your bag!". The bandit grabs it and Buford waves good bye to him. Junior then rushes out to Buford and says, "Hey daddy! Daddy! Did you see those guys?". "Yeah," replies Buford. "There must be a ski resort in town!".
  • The scene where Cletus picks up Dusty has extended dialogue between the two of them explaining why Cletus is dressed like the Bandit.
  • In the scene with Cletus talking to Mother Trucker, there are different camera angles used in relation to those seen on the Home Video version. Also most of the music is missing.
  • There are a few extra shots and different angles of Cletus getting chased by Buford in the construction area.
  • There are different angles shown in the scene where Cletus gets food for Dusty at a biker bar.
  • One scene is added when the towtruck with Junior hanging on the back rears back out of the alley. We see the Enos' caddy is outside as well. The two Enos' are both reading newspapers to cover their faces. Big Enos puts his paper down to grin and say "Looks like Officer Higgins and Tow Truck Charlie are DEFINITELY on the case!" followed by Little Enos lowering his newspaper and humming the theme to Dragnet.
  • While at the Come On Inn, many scenes were re-shot and some scenes added to take out the amount of sexual humor and or behavior.
  • The scene where Buford and Junior look into various hotel rooms to see various sex acts being performed has been cut from all Network TV airings.
  • Once scene has Dusty talking to Cletus in their room with more dialogue such as thanking him in "renewing my faith in the American man".
  • When Buford says "Just like in the bible, Sodum and Gamorah". There's different camera angles.
  • When Buford suggests killing "2 possums with 1 rock," there's added dialogue with him asking Junior for a pair of handcuffs.
  • One scene shows Buford trying to handcuff who he thinks is the Bandit while in a steam room.
  • One scene has the cowgirl; Tina talking sultrily to Buford after he has handcuffed her.
  • Buford has more dialogue after Junior tells him if he keeps the key to the handcuffs with him he might lose it. "Junior, with or without the keys, you lost it. You lost it a lonnnnng time ago!"
  • One scene shows Buford, Junior, and Tina trying to get untangled from one another after falling out the steam room window along with Junior trying to lift the fish off of Buford.
  • When the Enos' pull out of the parking lot of the hotel, there is a different camera angle.
  • There's extended dialogue from Buford while he tells Junior that he's finished being an officer. "There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who are born to be pursuers and those who are born to be pursuees. As long as I can remember, I've always been born to be a pursuer. Lord knows I've caught my share."
  • A lot of the scenes at the nudists picnic were re-shot to cover up for most of the nudity and adult content.
  • When Cletus crashes through the gate, there's different dialogue.
  • The scene where Buford's talking to the Real Bandit played by Burt Reynolds, the scene has been extended greatly.
  • There's an extra shot of the Enos' having their picture taken with their fish.
  • The ending for Network TV is different. Instead of showing Junior running down a highway yelling "Wait daddy! Wait daddy!" as it appears in the home video version, there is first a shot of Cletus and Dusty driving down the highway in their black firebird, followed by Buford driving down in his broken down police car, followed by the Enos' driving down in their red Caddy with a girl who looks up and screams "YAHOO!", and THEN Junior follows saying "Wait daddy! Wait daddy!"
  • A lot of the scenes that were added were over-dubbed. Mainly the ones with Jerry Reed and Colleen Camp
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Lame excuse for a movie
13 April 2004 | by TheOtherFoolSee all my reviews

Smokey and the Bandit (part one, that is) was a really funny movie with a great Burt Reynolds. But this time around, almost everything goes wrong. Almost...

Because there is this one scene at the beginning of the movie as Jackie Gleason spoofs 'Patton', and I loved that part (as I love Patton), but that's about all the joy this movie gave me...

Cledus 'the snowman' is the bandit in this one, as Burt Reynolds turned it down (and rightfully so), but he's so awful it's hard to describe. If he'd said 'I am the bandit, I am the bandit' one more time I would've slapped him in the face.

As everybody deserves a good slapping after making this one. One question left: What were they thinking?


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