Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
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Hadn't seen it for many years, watched again last night. Really enjoyed it.
After watching Funny Games this silly movie was what I needed. Not my usual cup of tea but Sally and Burt have great chemistry.
Just dumb fun, with lots of car chases, crashes and jokes. This was the inspiration for The Dukes of Hazzard, wasn't it? The country music soundtrack written specifically for it, cars jumping over failed bridges, roguish good old boys chased by law enforcement officials no one respects or could respect... Not that the latter archetype is new to S&tB, mind you. James Bond had the similar Sheriff Pepper earlier in the 70s, and I don't like it much better here. But you know, Burt Reynolds and Sally Field are obviously having fun, so we do too. I bet everyone wanted to be a CB buddy when this came out. In fact, I remember all the kids getting CBs in the late 70s, myself included. I guess cell phones have killed that whole idea now... sigh. In no hurry to watch another Bandit film, but a fun piece of fluff that fit my week's theme.
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This movie ranks #76 in All Time Box Office
This movie ranks #123 in Action! The Action Movie A-Z