The Bandit was a mostly fine behind-the-scenes take on Smokey and the Bandit as well as of star Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham
After Burt Reynolds' death, I felt the need to watch Smokey and the Bandit again which I did and reviewed here a few days ago. Now I just saw this doc about the making of that movie and the life of both Reynolds and his friend, stunt man and director Hal Needham. They had known each other for years, in fact, they lived together for a while when both were single, and one day, Hal had an idea for a movie he wanted to make with Burt and also direct for the first time after so many years as a stunt man. Both their lives are explored, in fact, Burt's vintage interviews from years past are shown in addition to the current one he did for this special. One piece of film that seemed familiar to me was one where Hal does a car crash test in which an air bag explodes on him. Then I realized that particular film was shown in my high school driving class back in the '80s! There's also interviews with Hal's son and some of the crew of Smokey and the Bandit as well as one cast member I didn't immediately recognize, Little Enos himself, Paul Williams! There were also some vintage interview clips of Smokey himself, Jackie Gleason. In summary, I really enjoyed The Bandit.
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