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.
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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The car used for the Bandit's car is the same type of Trans Am yet modified for K.I.T.T. It is evident by looking at the wheels of the car. See more »
In one close-up scene with the sheriff in the car you see the cameraman's reflection in the windshield of him sitting on the hood. See more »
I'm going to be the bandit! I get to wear the hat and drive the car! I love this! Gimme the car!
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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 »
Originally filmed as Smokey IS the Bandit, with Jackie Gleason playing both Sheriff Buford T. Justice and the Bandit. Most of the film was reshot with Jerry Reed taking on the dual role of The Bandit and Cletus. See more »
I was in HS at the time and part of a 200 piece marching band there for the shark presentation. I can't tell you how many takes were shot to get that immortal scene forever saved on celluloid. I'm honored to have such an indelible mark on cinematic history.
The main thing I remember is that there was always a grip following Mr. Gleason around with a directors chair, and he would slide it under his butt as he started to squat down. I don't know if he was that frail or that pompous, but we all took note of it.
That, and all of the bikini clad girls on the boat. Nothing holds the attention of adolescent boys better that hot models in bikinis (and they were hot for their day).
I gave it a 3, since I've yet to see it after all these years. Now that I shoot some movie sets for my company (http://www.thomasmanchester.com photography) I wish I could go back as an observer and re live all of that kitsch.
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