Smokey and the Bandit
Directed by Hal Needham
A race car driver tries to transport an illegal beer shipment from Texas to Atlanta in under 28 hours, picking up a reluctant bride-to-be on the way.
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★★★½ review by Cinemonster on Letterboxd
In what could have been just a silly movie, a stellar cast, led by Burt Reynolds, makes Smokey and the Bandit a fun ride. There is chemistry in spades from Sally Field and Jackie Gleason to Paul Williams and Jerry Reed. Many of the car stunts are outstanding, expected from director Hal Needham, and a lively soundtrack and quick pace keep things rolling non-stop. One of the better car/road films out there and certainly a highlight of Reynolds career and the decade. It doesn't get more 70s/80s southern than this.
★★★★ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd
Chicken soup in cinematic form. Good for what ails you.
★★★★ review by Truman Segal on Letterboxd
those car chase scenes on the big screen were such a spectacle.
a coincidence that i saw it on the exact same screen i saw Fury Road on two years ago? perhaps not.
★★★★ review by Daryl on Letterboxd
Sometimes, very rarely, a script and a story is just something that gets in the way of brilliance.
Thankfully Smokey and the Bandit didn't bother with either of them.
Instead, we get the coolest car that has ever existed driving fast. Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, and the quite phenomenal Buford T. Justice.
★★★★½ review by Milo on Letterboxd
Why the hell did I wait this long to watch Smokey and the Bandit? It's exactly the sort of movie that appeals to me, striking similiar vibes to Richard C. Sarafian's Vanishing Point - even if this film adopts a lighter, more comedic tone. The film itself sees Burt Reynolds' outlaw race car driver accept a bet that seemingly can't be done - transporting illegal beer from Texas to Atlanta in less than 28 hours, pursued along the way by Jackie Gleason's Sherriff, picking up a bride-to-be in the process, played by Sally Field.
This movie is cool, funny and incredibly entertaining from start to finish. The soundtrack is great - particularly Jerry Reed's East Bound and Down - and the film itself plays out very much like one long car chase, with the stakes increasing as the movie progresses but never getting too outlandish, although at the same time the movie doesn't exactly stay super serious. The stuntwork in here is excellent, with plenty of cool driving sequences and jumps that really work well in the context of the movie. It's helped by a fantastic cast too who ace their roles, Burt Reynolds is fantastic, Jackie Gleason plays a suitably detestable villain, and Sally Field is great too.
One of the most 1970s movies ever made.
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