One of the key films of the 1970s, John Boorman's Deliverance
is a nightmarish adaptation of poet-novelist James Dickey's book about various kinds of survival in modern America. The story concerns four Atlanta businessmen of various male stripe: Jon Voight's character is a reflective, civilized fellow; Burt Reynolds plays a strapping hunter-gatherer in urban clothes; Ned Beatty is a sweaty, weak-willed boy-man, and Ronny Cox essays a spirited, neighbourly type. Together they decide to answer the ancient call of men testing themselves against the elements and set out on a treacherous ride on the rapids of an Appalachian river. What they don't understand until it is too late is that they have ventured into Dickey's variation on the American underbelly, a wild, lawless, dangerous (and dangerously inbred) place isolated from the gloss of the late 20th century. In short order, the four men dig deep into their own suppressed primitiveness, defending themselves against armed cretins, facing the shock of real death on their carefully planned, death-defying adventure and then squarely facing the suspicions of authority over their concealed actions. Boorman, a master teller of stories about individuals on peculiarly mythical journeys, does a terrifying and beautiful job of revealing the complexity of private and collective character--the way one can never be the same after glimpsing the sharp-clawed survivor in one's soul. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
remains one of the screens most powerful man-versus-nature adventures and was a motion picture shocker of the 1970s. It's the story of four Atlanta "weekend warriors" who set off in canoes down a dangerous Georgia river and discover a wilderness of terror. The Deliverance 35th Deluxe Edition
has been remastered and comes with a host of new extras, including retrospective featurettes and director commentary.
Directed by John Boorman (Excalibur
, Point Blank
) in 1972 and adapted by James Dickey from his novel, Deliverance
was nominated for three Academy Awards including "Best Picture" and "Best Director". Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox star as the four friends whose canoeing weekend turns into a horrifying test of survival. Boormans taut direction builds the tension and fear to a raging climax, as the men travel way beyond their comfort zone and are forced to face more than they could have ever imagined. Vilmos Zsigmonds expert cinematography captures the wilderness of forest and river, while Eric Weissbergs classic musical theme "Dueling Banjos" provides a perfect counterpoint to the action.
Commentary by John Boorman - Director Boorman takes a journey down the river and discusses the adventures, the team, the controversy and what it took to make Deliverance a classic film
The Beginning - Take a historical look at the novel and its adaptation to the screen
The Journey - From the early stages of filming to the creation of classic moments, such as the Dueling Banjos scene
Betraying the River - The making of one of the most controversial and ground-breaking sequences in film history
Delivered - A reflective look back on the completion of the film, its impact and how the idea for the shocking ending came to be
The Dangerous World of Deliverance - The original behind-the-scenes documentary on the difficult conditions and challenges of making this film.