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





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 ... 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 <>

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This is the only 'Smokey and the Bandit' feature to be shot in a 2.35:1 wide screen process (Panavision). See more »


The sign on the tanker truck for Enos Dairy has Enos spelled as Enis. See more »


Buford T. Justice: [sees the girl's breasts] Oof!
Girl at Picnic: What's wrong, Sheriff?
Buford T. Justice: I haven't seen anything like that since I was a little baby.
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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. After the credits and the picture fade out, 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 police car 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 tow truck with Junior hanging on the back rears back out of the alley. We see the Enos' Cadillac 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.
  • 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 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 long 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."
  • 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.
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The Bandit Express
Music by Lee Greenwood
Plays when Cledus pulls out in the Trans-Am as the Bandit
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22 October 2002 | by malibuancokeSee all my reviews

Deary me. Where do I begin? I usually have no problem watching stupid films. They give you an opportunity to just sit back, relax and enjoy the fun. Except when they are so bad that no matter how hard you try to enjoy it, you still wish there was a noose that you could use to end the misery of it all. The dialogue in this film was unbelievable. Anyone who found it funny is in urgent need of a funnybone transplant. The car chase scenes are endless, and very very lame. I don't think there is much more to say except that this film should be avoided at all costs. It is an insult to humanity, and if I were one of the actors i would quickly immigrate to the north pole and wear a sack over my head in complete and utter shame.

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Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA) See more »

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$1,728,060, 14 August 1983

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