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Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 12 August 1983 (USA)
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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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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?


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: I've said it before and I'll say it again. There is no way, no way that you could come from my loins. Soon as we get home, I'm gonna put a lump on your mama's head.
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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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Referenced in Bad Medicine (1985) See more »


The Legend Of The Bandit
Written and Performed by Lee Greenwood
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Smokey And The Flop
7 November 2007 | by panavision-1See all my reviews

By Joe Simiana Sydney Australia I was disappointed that Universal did not wait for Burt To Finish making "Best little whorehouse in Texas" instead they went on ahead anyway and made this flick, they only had to wait 10 months, i hated that darn fish on the roof of the sheriffs car all the way through, sort of took away the authority and stature of Sheriff Buford T Justice.

The Main thought that stuck in my mind with Sheriffs Character from the previous Films was that he was from the old school of law enforcement, stood tall and proud and took no crap from any foe, and was always entertaining watching his confrontations with others during the earlier films Smokey 1 and 2.

This seemed to diminish and the character changed somewhat, venturing into strip clubs, nudist colonies, Fetish motels, very unnecessary.

I would have thought "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" would have made a better film, with Claude Atkins, Jackie Gleason, Bj and Bandit joining forces.

In Smokey and the bandit part 3 the woeful actress if that named (Colleen Camp), who teams up with Jerry Reed as bandit throughout the film wears a bad wig, bad dress sense, and really cannot act, she can be noticed really trying to put on fake laughs throughout this film, and her whining voice, i mean i always remembered the true Burt Reynolds bandit with the hottest girls ever, you can't tell me there was no other better looking women hanging around the Universal back lot that could of been used instead,or where they all taken up and sent over for filming "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", i was wondering when she would be thrown out of the car, Jerry reed getting all excited parading around as bandit with that car and hat and he reels in Colleen Camp????...Getting Desperate in his old age, and Jerry Reeds Character (snowman) is married with Children, and Fred the dog, so whats he doing ??? and why with Colleen Camp for heavens sake?? Im Sorry but every film (Colleen Camp) has been in she plays the same obnoxious, in your face, character resembling a caffeine addict, or suffering some sort of withdrawal symptoms in the attitude and whinny voice she has in her acting desperately in need of a fix.

One stunt woman turned actress named (Faith Minton) is a remember able looking sort, tall, leggy, and a face to match any fantasy, plays the dragon lady who is smitten by the Sheriff who forces her way into hitching a ride with the Sheriff....i don't know why the sheriff is running away from her as she is more of an eye full better than bandits colleen camp seat cover.

Watch this movie if you are a fan of Jackie Gleeson....or Faith Minton remember this film was shot in the years where CB Radios where dying out and truckers fighting cops were all said and done, even BJ and The Bear was axed 3 years before, "The dukes of Hazzard" and "The A-Team" were on the rise so i guess Universal wanted In on the Zany Madcap Sheriff Car Crashing Icon that was a big hit in the early 1970's But this was 1983, and it just didn't stick with other films out that year like "Ghostbusters" "Gremlins" "Two Of A Kind" and "Twilight Zone The Movie" and another Universal comeback "Jaws 3" they must have fired a scriptwriter that year....or Hal Needham wasn't available.

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