Deliverance 1972

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Adapted from James Dickey's popular novel, John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia. At the behest of Iron John-esque Lewis (Burt Reynolds), the less adventuresome Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) agree to canoe down an uncharted section of the river before a d...

Starring:
Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Deliverance

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director John Boorman
Starring Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty
Supporting actors Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ed O'Neill
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By U Dick VINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
This film is an intense cinematic experience. It follows four city boys trip into the wild backwoods of rural America for a canoe trip on a river that is shortly to be dammed. What they find there is a lawless place populated by small minded locals and an unforgiving journey down stream. The story, the direction and the acting all come together to produce a film that will unsettle you. The scenes in the backwoods have a geniune sense of isolation and the rapid change of the characters from city business men into ruthless savages is very well done. The famous abduction scene was groundbreaking at the time and obviously was a big influence on "Pulp Fiction".

This special edition also includes a four part retrospective documentary, with interviews with the director and the four lead actors and is a fascinating look at the making of the film and the impact on film culture and the actors subsequent careers. There is a contemporary making of documentary as well and a director`s commentary. An excellent package.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The movie - based on James Dickey's book (Deliverance) - follows a group of four Atlanta citiboys going on a weekend canoeing trip on the Chatooga river, as a farewell to the wilderness there, before a dam would submerge the whole section under a lake. While it all looks fairly benign to start off with, one has a premonition of darker things to come. On top, even if you have not yet seen the movie, it is almost impossible not to have gotten certain details passed on by now - given the classic status enjoyed by the film. If you enjoyed Southern Comfort [DVD], this is definitely the next step up both in quality, as well as in the brutality and shock value (it is certainly the most brutal 70s movie I have seen to date).

The story, and the man versus nature theme, however, are merely a background for a much more interesting theme of how people react when they are way out of their comfort zones, at breaking point, so to speak. And in this aspect the movie really delivers (pun intended), and may, along with The Experiment [DVD] [2002], be one of the best in class. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) is a 'tough guy' from the start, the others, however need to find their steel in the situation and overcome 'buck fever'.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By John Wilfers on 10 May 2008
Format: DVD
Wow. Where do you start with a movie as good as this? The cast are perfect (they've all been in so many movies since, it's hard to believe most of them were unknowns at the time). Burt Reynolds was never better than he is in this movie. If you only know him for his good-ole-boy comedies, you'll be surprised at how good he is here in a serious dramatic role (without his trademark moustache!). He wouldn't get anything approaching the quality of this role until "Boogie Nights."

This film is not just full of memorable moments, they burn themselves into your brain and stay there forever. The deformed, in-bred hillbillies at the start, the "Duelling Banjos" scene with that withered kid, the awful, protracted male rape and the bloody revenge taken for it, Drew's arm being impossibly bent back behind his head, the nerve-shredding interrogations by intimidating Southern sheriffs and the ghostly hand from the water at the end. Even the smaller moments are unusual too, e.g. the snake slithering up the river in a handheld shot.

The film has been beautifully remastered so you can see the shimmering river in all its glory as the director intended (I've seen some very old, scratchy and muddy prints of this picture over the years and its about time "Deliverance" got the remastering treatment). The sound has been cleaned up too and you can hear the voices of the men all around you now and the pleasant sounds of the river gushing past in glorious Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (I wish I could see this movie in a cinema, I never have before).

The four documentaries are terrific on this DVD. They are almost worth the purchase price alone.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By fgpt on 12 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
From the onset Deliverance sets itself as different and special movie, distancing itself from the usual adventure canoe movies (such as Curtis Hanson's River Wild (1994)). The much-heralded "Duel Banjo" scene is a spectacular and unnerving start to the film- Ronny Cox's character, whilst waiting in a desolate "gas" station strums up his guitar with a strange-looking inbred child playing on his banjo. The scene that follows is as brilliant as it is disturbing and the music becomes a soundtrack for the rest of the film.
The four canoeists (Reynolds, Voight, Beatty, Cox) trip down the River (soon to be flooded by a huge lake- a very neat twist from writer Dickey) doesn't become a trip to survive nature as one assumes it will be, but a fight for survival from fellow men. And what men!!! The nemesis of the canoists turns out to be a duo of inbred hillbillies (rotting teeth et al). Making the hillbillies the villans is a terrifying touch- their faces contorted in ugliness, with seemingly no sense of morals and humanity. The most uncomfortable scene of the film is the male-rape scene ("Squeel like a piggy!")- but don't let it put you off seeing the movie.
It's not flawless, however. The film makes very uncomfortable viewing (and essentially unsatisfying) and you never feel a real attachment with the protaganists but if you like your movies with a bit of originality and horror this is the one for you...
Reynolds puts in one of his better perfomances and Jon Voight (father of Angelina Jolie) acts in what probably is his best performance to date. Boormans direction is sound, and this is undoubtably one of his best movies.
The film turns into an apocalyptic struggle for the canoeists, and Boorman creates a nightmarish hell that will play upon your mind for days to come- and put you off canoeing for life...
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