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Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit

1977 / 96min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: HAL NEEDHAM

CAST: BURT REYNOLDS, SALLY FIELD, JACKIE GLEASON, JERRY REED

An identifiable high point in the ‘70s trucker movie cycle and one of the biggest blockbusters of the decade, this crash-bang action comedy pits Burt’s Bandit (alongside real-live love Sally Fields), hauling a payload of contraband Coors beer from Texas to Georgia, against Jackie Gleason’s Sheriff Buford T. Justice, stopping only for a diablo sandwich and a Dr. Pepper while in hot pursuit of his man. Stunt coordinator extraordinaire Hal Needham directs this orchestra of vehicular mayhem, which Reynolds oversees with a lazy grin.

Smokey and the Bandit is screening as part of the series Burt Reynolds.