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.
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.
Despite the police's preemptive strike, the illegal coast-to-coast car race is still on with new drivers. It's a race where fair play, red lights, stop signs, police roadblocks and traffic rules in general have no validity.
Stopping briefly in a small Texas town, an itinerant race car driver finds that his stock car, on a trailer behind his motor home, has just been quickly and expertly stripped. He chases ... See full summary »
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
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Early publicity announced in the media declared that Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jerry Reed would not be appearing in this movie. In the end, Field was the only one not to appear, Reed had a major role and Reynolds made a brief cameo, in the final scene. See more »
Some of Buford's dialogue does not match his mouth movements. See more »
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.
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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 »
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
This is what happens when you make a "Smokey and the Bandit" movie without the Bandit...
There have been lots of dumb and unnecessary sequels throughout the history of Hollywood, but "Smokey and the Bandit Part 3" was sure a doozy. Really, a second "Bandit" movie was too much, but at least the sequel had the entire cast back and was funny at times. Neither can be said about this film.
Like with most bad movies, the whole central thesis of this film is wrong. Here, the crime is screwing around with story continuity. Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is entertaining as a foil for the Bandit, but making him the main character is just insane.
The "plot" to this little travesty is that Justice and his simpleminded son Junior (Mike Henry) must transport a plastic shark cross country that's going to be the mascot for Big and Little Enis Burdett's new fast food franchise in exchange for $250,000. However, the Enises intend to make his life miserable by impeding his progress at every turn, and even enlist the help of Cletus "The Snowman" Snow (Jerry Reed) to impersonate the Bandit and try to steal the fish away.
Along the way, Justice acquires a big, ugly female admirer, gets involved in motor hijinks, and tries to steal back the fish from Cletus and Dusty Trails (Colleen Camp), a former used car salesman who hooks up with the faux Bandit for no discernible reason other than it's in the script.
All right, at this point you're going "WTF?" and rightly so. This whole film is a mess. How can a movie filled with stunts and action scenes be so boring? Very, very easily. Just put together filmmakers with no talent or vision, give them a script that's hackneyed at best, and let 'er rip!
The movie is filled with stupid and pointless scenes. A long sequence feature Ku Klux Klan members attacking two black truck drivers is tasteless and poorly realized, and is indicative of the movie's general theme -- crude sequences thrown together with little rhyme or reason.
The only part of the movie that made me laugh was a brief sequence where Buford and Junior Justice are in a hotel room filled with sexual deviants, and each time they open door Buford comments on the situation. "Looks like a union meeting," he mentions, followed by "Get away from that or you'll get the herpes!" which are both just as stupid as anything else in this movie. An opening sequence spoofing "Patton" made me crack a smile, but that was all.
Reed is simply awful in the role of the Bandit, and plays the role like a third grader who got the part of a lifetime and can't stop gleaming. Maybe someone should have told him that being proxy to a legend isn't a compliment.
And of course, the big question is: WHERE IS BURT REYNOLDS? The answer? AS FAR AWAY FROM THIS MOVIE AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE! Heck, compared to this, "Cannonball Run 2" is a masterpiece. And yes, it did hurt to say that.
Gleason should have known better, but still, any moment he's on screen is a welcome relief in this turkey. His Southern-baked comments are old hat but this time, but at least they remind of you of a time when his character was actually entertaining. And he sure beats the endless amount of screen time eaten up by Paul Williams and Pat McCormick extra corny dialogue as the Enises. They're just bad. Really bad.
In the only inspired moment of the movie, Reynolds shows up in a brief cameo dream sequence near the end, almost like a bone being tossed to the audiences who stuck it out through the whole film. The scene isn't funny, but it shows that there is some sort of epic relationship between Smokey and the Bandit. The sequence belonged in a better movie, but sadly, that will never happen now.
What else? Oh yeah, what can you say about a race movie so bad that even Hal Needham won't direct it? His replacement, Dick Lowry, seems to have no particular talent of his own, and justly returned to directing television shortly after. Screenwriters Stuart Birnbaum and David Dashev worked on one more movie together, the 1987 comedy "Summer School" which is actually pretty good, but never wrote another script. I suppose it's best to bow out with something good on your resume.
One final note -- there is apparently a whole different version of this film where Gleason plays both Justice and the Bandit that test audiences were not very fond of. Reed was added for new footage to fill the gaps, which explains why he doesn't even show up until half an hour into the movie. I doubt the first version could have been worse than the finished product.
The first "Smokey and the Bandit" was at least a fun experience. This is just a third rate rip-off, even going so far as to shamelessly steal scenes from the first movie, only redoing them in horrible fashion. This whole movie is a lifeless, by-the-numbers effort, and completely devoid of any true redeeming qualities. Unless you really enjoyed the first two movies and have some sort of sick curiosity, I suggest you avoid this abortion of a movie at all costs.
Two out of ten stars. A sad waste of Gleason's talent in the final years of his life, and now thankfully a largely forgotten motion picture.
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