Smokey and the Bandit

Universal Pictures / Rastar Pictures Released 1977




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Hal Needham

Smokey and the Bandit is a classic story about a legendary truck driver who takes a job smuggling Coors beer from Texas to Georgia, a dangerous mission that requires the help of some colorful allies and a few clever tricks to evade the police. Back in those days, highway patrolman colloquially known as Smokeys were devoted to preventing the illegal sale and distribution of certain alcoholic beverages across state lines. A couple of rich Texans are willing to pay big money for the pleasure of enjoying a cold Coors in Georgia, so they find the bravest rebel trucker they can Bo "Bandit" Darville. With the help of his partner Snowman, a gorgeous professional dancer named Frog, and a Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey intends to evade the efforts of the local Smokey and deliver the beer in return for a brand new truck.


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Time Out London

    The direction, by a former stuntman, concentrates on the action and happily leaves everyone to their own devices, with almost nothing to do. Field shows what natural acting is all ...

  • 50

    The New York Times

    With Mr. Reynolds playing it cool and Mr. Gleason doing his burns and investing the film with a certain raunchy humor, the rest is up to the vehicles. And they don't do anything th...

  • 50


    There is a parade of roadside set pieces involving may different ways to crash cars. Overlaid is citizens band radio jabber (hence, the title) which is loaded with downhome gags. F...

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    • Production Budget - $5,300,000
      Domestic Gross - $126,737,428 (5th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $463,756,687

    • Filming locations include:
      Atlanta, Georgia
      Cumming, Georgia
      Los Angeles, California
      Helen, Georgia
      Jonesboro, Georgia
      Los Angeles, California
      Jonesboro, Georgia
      McDonough, Georgia
      Ojai, California
      Redan, Georgia
      Riverdale, Georgia
      Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles, California
      Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California
      West Palm Beach, Florida

    • Taglines:
      1. "What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law!"
      2. Meet Bo Darville, aka, "The Bandit." Smokies (Cops) hate him. Guys dig him. And even girls can't get enough of him!
      3. It's Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason, in high gear and hot water!
      4. Time to take to the road, for a quiet little drive in the country...or not.

    • Music:
      East Bound And Down
      By Dick Feller and Jerry Reed
      Sung by Jerry Reed
      By Dick Feller
      Sung by Jerry Reed
      The Legend
      By Jerry Reed
      Sung by Jerry Reed


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alcoholism, quirky characters, for men, epic adventure, drunk humor