Smokey and the Bandit
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.