Smokey and the Bandit

BBB.5

(out of 5)


and are hired to move a truckload of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia (something that was illegal at the time) in barely more than a day, which they’re happy to do for the fat payload waiting for them at the end of it.  Reynolds’ part of the deal is to drive a sexy sports car as distraction for the cops from the big rig that Reed is in charge of, the process a smooth one but for two interruptions:  a bridal-gowned chorus girl () escaping her wedding and a hot-tempered sherriff () whose pursuit of both the bootleggers and the runaway bride is so obsessive that destroying his car won’t slow him down.   Efficient in execution and loaded with laughs, this film wisely avoids unnecessary subplots or back story, it’s just one long chase that is pulled off with impressive stunt driving and strong direction by Hal Needham.


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USA, 1977

Directed by

Story by Hal Needham, , Screenplay by , ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Film Editing by ,


 

Academy Awards:  1977

Golden Globe Awards:  1977


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