- 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
- Format: VHS
- Language: German
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Studio: 4front
- VHS Release Date: 1 July 1999
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 159 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004R6BL
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Smokey And The Bandit
Burt Reynolds stars in this American action comedy. Bootlegging, Southern truck driver Bo 'The Bandit' Darville (Reynolds) bets Texan millionaire Big Enos Purdette (Pat McCormick) and his son Little Enos (Paul Williams) that he can smuggle a consignment of prohibited beer across state lines from Texas to Atlanta in just over a day. He enlists the help of his friend Cledus Snow (Jerry Reed) and along the way Bandit picks up runaway bride Carrie (Sally Field), who turns out to be engaged to Texas Sheriff Buford Justice (Jackie Gleason)'s son Junior (Mike Henry). When Sheriff Justice finds out where Carrie is, he resolves to chase the Bandit all the way to Georgia if he has to.
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As a child it was thrilling for the car chases and it was funny as the hapless but hilarious Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) was always just one step behind the self-assured Bandit (Burt Reynolds).
Laden with (PG-rated) mild profanity and ludicrous situations the plot sees the Bandit and Snowman (Jerry Reed) joined by Carrie (Sally Field) as they smuggle a truck load of beer across state lines.
Watching this again years later it's reassuring to be laughing at the same silly things for the same reasons. I don't think this film was never meant to be anything more than a buddy film full of stunts, poor jokes, bell-bottomed jeans and massive cars but it had a strong and funny cast who obviously enjoyed making this film.
The BluRay version is superb and this 1977 film looks far, far better than any old VHS taped memories.
If you were a child of the 80's you need to see this film!
I can’t say I think this is a great film in any way, but it was a huge financial success and cemented Burt as one of Hollywood’s top assets. At that time he was worth zillions – how sad that we now read he is about to lose it all – he could even end up homeless?
This is just a fun movie. It may be totally ‘cheesy’ but I’m giving it four stars for pure entertainment and hammy comedy value. It’s a simple enough tale but the action comes thick and fast and how people love those car chases don’t they?
In summary, Burt has had a great career; yes, he’s been in some real duffers, but there are a few, like this one, where it’s nice to catch up with him again, and of course, he looks just great. I just wish he'd looked after his money better?
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.
There is no way, no way, that you could come from my loins. Soon as I get home, first thing I'm gonna do is punch your momma in the mouth.
Hal Needham uses his knowledge as an ex-stuntman to great effect, setting up a number of inspired sequences that sees cars jumping, crashing or going for a swim! Wisely letting his actors ad-lib where possible, film has a natural flow that's hard to dislike. The chemistry between Reynolds and Fields is warming, due to the fact that it was off screen real, while Gleason steals the movie with a hilarious portray as the manic, cussing and determined Buford. The bumpkin based music is perfectly in keeping with the mood, and the various locations used make for an appealing backdrop to the carnage and speedster thrills.
Not quite as Punk Rock anti-establishment now as it seemed back then, but still utterly delightful courtesy of a damn fine cast and some special motor vehicle mayhem. 8.5/10
Get ready to tear up the highway with the Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a fun-loving, fast-talking trucker who takes on his craziest haul yet - delivering 400 cases of beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in just 28 hours. With Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) hot on his trail and eager to teach him some respect for the law, the Bandit joins forces with good ol` boy Cledus (Jerry Reed) and runaway bride Carrie (Sally Field). Gear up for huge laughs, pedal-to-the-medal action, and some of the wildest car chases ever filmed.
An all-round fun movie from start to finish, the pictues shows a bit of grain but not to much and the 5.1 Audio is very clear if you can play multi-region dvds this is probably the best version as the UK Blu-Ray has no extras, and is always worth a watch to put you in a good mood.
Loaded Up And Truckin`-The Making Of Smokey And The Bandit 20 Mins (Includes Interview With Burt Reynolds)
Snowman, What`s Your 20?-The Smokey And Bandit CB Tutorial 9 Mins
All-New Digitally Remastered Picture
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 & English DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English* Suitable for the deaf and hard of hearing*, Espanol & Francis
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Movie Running Time 96 Mins
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