Smokey and the Bandit

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Universal Pictures / Rastar Pictures Released 1977

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Director:
Hal Needham
Released:
1977
Rating:
PG

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.

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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
        Bandit
        By Dick Feller
        Sung by Jerry Reed
        The Legend
        By Jerry Reed
        Sung by Jerry Reed

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    Themes

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