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Smokey and the Bandit [40th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [1977]

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Release Date:02/06/2018
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Description

"Smokey," aka Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), is the prospective father-in-law of unwilling bride Carrie (Sally Field). The Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a maverick racecar driver, makes an 80,000-dollar bet that he can transport a shipment of Coors beer from Texarkana, TX, to Atlanta within 28 hours. It's important to note that in 1977, it was illegal to sell the Coors brand east of the Mississippi River without a permit; if we don't note that, then the plot won't make sense at times. Already in danger of arrest from redneck lawmen like Buford T. Justice, Bandit furthers his chances at a stiff jail term when he offers a ride to Carrie, who hopes to escape her unwanted wedding to Justice's boy. The rest of the film is one long chase; not quite as subtle as a Road Runner/Coyote cartoon, not quite as restrained as a Three Stooges comedy. Universally panned by critics upon its first release, Smokey and the Bandit reportedly pulled in just under $126 million and led to two sequels.~Hal Erickson

Features

The Bandit: a feature-length film about superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit Smokey and the Bandit. The action-packed story traces the vivid personal journeys of Reynolds and Needham from obsurity to stardom, highlighting one of the most extraordinary relationships in Hollywood history.

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Loaded Up and Truckin': making Smokey and the Bandit

Snowman, What's Your 20?: the Smokey and the Bandit CB turtorial

100 years of Universal: The '70s

100 years of Universal: The Lot

Theatrical trailer