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Smokey And The Bandit [VHS]


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Product details

  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry, Paul Williams
  • Directors: Hal Needham
  • Writers: Hal Needham, Alan Mandel, Charles Shyer, James Lee Barrett, Robert L. Levy
  • Producers: Jules V. Levy, Mort Engelberg
  • Language: German
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 4front
  • VHS Release Date: 1 July 1999
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R6BL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,061 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Bootlegging truck driver the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) bets a Texan millionaire (Pat McCormick) that he can smuggle a consignment of prohibited beer across state lines from Texas to Atlanta in just over a day. Cue an extended car chase across the country, with Jackie Gleason playing the dim-witted sheriff in pursuit and Sally Field providing some on-the-road romance.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Gregson on 27 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
What a film! They don't make films like this anymore, wow this film is so cool! Yeah! When the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and the Snowman (Jerry Reed) take on a big money bet to bring illegal bootleg beer from Texas back to Georgia in 28 hours it almost seems too easy. However once the Bandit picks up runaway bride Sally Field along the way and they start getting pursued by Sheriff Buford T Justice and his hilarious son, things start getting a lot more interesting. Luckily thanks to their CB radios they pick up a lot of help on the way from Hot Pants Hilliard, Little Beaver, Foxy Lady, Sugar Bear and many more. Reynolds is never better than here in this wise-crackin', fast drivin' performance, Jerry Reed's laugh is awesome and Fred the dog shines amidst all the thrills. Expect high speed chases, hilarious one liners, severe breaches of the highway code and loads of truckin' fun. And what a soundtrack. Left us wanting to watch the sequels. Wow! Beats Flubber out of the park.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
Smokie and The Bandit was the first of many sequells, and this one shines out for me out of all of them. The bootleggers (Renyolds and Reed) are amazing, funny and keep the action rolling. I think it has a lot to do with their high spirit and the will to beat the sherrif (amzingly played by Jackie Gleason).
The Bandit is racing, when he's given the big challenge, 28hrs - bring back some Coors beer from Texas to Altanta in Georga. This is illegal, it's bootlegging, but this isn't going to stop the bandit! The task is daunting - but The Bandit wants to do it. The Snowman is not so enthuastic, but he soon becomes enthrauled in the action. The Snowman takes the 18 wheeler, and The Bandit gets a Trans An. The race is on, but a few complications lead this movie onto a high speed ride trans-state.
This film is harmless fun - Reynolds is funny, and Gleason works well with him too. There's no bitter hate, the boys are having healthy competitive fun and there's no guns, something which you have to admire. You could easily sit down with the family and enjoy this movie. I do think it's a bit dated, but the fun element and the banter on the CBs makes this a classic that should really be in your DVD collection.
At this low price, who could refuse?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mond@hammond1.plus.com on 24 Aug 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a great film, if you aint looking for a plot.. Seriously, its one long car chase with the mission to smash up as many police cars as possible. Excellent performances from Burt Reynolds as The Bandit but even better is Sherrif Buford T. Justice played by Jackie Gleason. To blame for most things, he is never wrong and his jibes are aimed at everyone from his dithering son (Junior) to the other road users. As a comedy, this will have you laughing and the action is good old smash up action - if you like that, you'll love Smokey and The Bandit
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SnaggS on 12 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Was worried it might be a bit naff after years, but hell it was funny, kids loved it as much as I did when I was 8. Burt Reynolds can actually act and Sally Field is worth looking at :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
jackie gleason as Sheriff Buford.T.Justice is amazing in this. a crazy, obssesed man chasing the bandit for little good reason! the way he constantly berates his son and and all else is brilliant. buy this video now. and the sequel. and buy the third only if you love buford.t.justice!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Sep 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Smokey and the Bandit is directed by Hal Needham and the screenplay is collectively written by James Lee Barrett, Charles Shyer and Alan Mandel; from a story by Needham and Robert L. Levy. It stars Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed and Mike Henry. Music is by Bill Justis and Jerry Reed and cinematography by Bobby Byrne.

He does what he does best-shows off.

Bo "Bandit" Darville (Reynolds) accepts a, illegal job/bet offer of delivering a truck load of Coors Beer from Texas across the states to Georgia. The job must be completed within 28 hours or he will not pick up the $80,000 payment for his services. Enlisting his buddy Snowman (Reed) to drive the truck, while he acts as a decoy in his Pontiac Trans Am, the Bandit must avoid capture by the Smokey (police). When he stops to pick up runaway bride Carrie (Fields), this makes him the target for one particularly vindictive laws enforcer, Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Gleason), whose son Junior Justice (Henry) is the jilted intended of Carrie.

You sumbitches couldn't close an umbrella!

The best of the "CB Radio" movies, Smokey and the Bandit makes up for what little it has in plot, with unadulterated fun via car pursuits, stunts and wonderfully colourful characters. Essentially one long chase movie, it was a massive box office success on it release, becoming the second biggest earner in 77 behind a certain Space Opera from George Lucas. Cashing in on Burt Reynolds popularity, and the new found interest in CB radio on the highways, film went on to influence similar films and TV shows further down the line. The memory of the poor sequels and the inferior similar films of its type has somewhat led to many people forgetting just what an entertaining movie it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 July 2011
Format: DVD
Few major superstars ever made as few good pictures as Burt Reynolds, but the original Smokey and the Bandit was certainly one of them. An enjoyable combination of good ole boy car chase movie and 30s screwball comedy, it sees his showoffish truck driver and sidekick Jerry Reed (who was originally pencilled in for the lead before Reynolds expressed an interest) taking a bet to illegally transport 400 cases of beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in 28 hours only to pick up Sally Field's runaway bride en route and find himself relentlessly pursued by her would-be-father-in-law, Jackie Gleason's foul-mouthed and uncouth Texas Sheriff Buford T. Justice and his idiot son Mike Henry. While it would set the template for the increasingly lazily made comedies that would help kill his career, here both star and director Hal Needham put in genuinely good work, the former stuntman-turned-director excellently showcasing the plentiful car chases and crashes without letting the comedy fall into the "Well, we're having fun even if you aren't" self-indulgence of his latter efforts and the star enjoying doing what he does best - showing off. It's a great fun summer movie, so it's no surprise that the only film that did better at the US box-office that year was Star Wars or even that it was one of Alfred Hitchcock's favourite films, but it's never really been given its due on DVD or high-def.Read more ›
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