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Adapted from James Dickey's popular novel, John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia. At the behest of Iron John-esque Lewis (Burt Reynolds), the less adventuresome Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) agree to canoe down an uncharted section of the river before a dam project ruins the region. After warnings from the grimy, impoverished locals, and Drew's tuneful yet
Jul 21, 1972 Wide
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Each of the four lead performances is exceptional, none more so than Burt Reynolds' beefy, supercilious Lewis.
John Boorman's 1972 film of the James Dickey novel has a beautiful visual style that balances the film's machismo message.
Boorman's film still speaks to us in profound ways, as if to indicate hidden wisdom has long rested in frames glossed up by a once-shocking philosophy.
This powerful adaptation of James Dickey's best-selling novel finds director John Boorman establishing a sense of menace almost from the start, and the "squeal like a pig" sequence continues to haunt viewers even decades after the fact.
Boorman's interpretation of the material resulted in an American cinematic classic built not only on shock and awe, but emotional subtlety. [Blu-ray]
A sad, brilliant reminder that sometimes people are the most threatening monsters of all.
This is the most shocking and disturbing mainstream American horror film of the 1970s.
As coffin nails for the sixties go, this negation of all ideological idealism is a pretty final one.
No movie in the history of American cinema has struck fear in the hearts of men as Deliverance.
This ultra-violent powerful adventure, which deals with serious, metaphysical issues of survival and civilization vs. wilderness, boasts eerie images and awesome sounds.
It's a movie of contrasts, the primary one emphasizing the differences between modern Man, with his impulse to change things, and primal Nature, with its pristine beauty.
This man-versus-nature story is also about man indulging his most uncivilized instincts, and in their various ways the four men on the canoe trip are transformed.
This unnerving outdoor adventure still ranks as the best film of Burt Reynolds' up and down career. And you'll never forget what happens to Ned Beatty.
It doesn't all hold together, but when it does, it scares you into never ever wanting to vacation down South.
Audience Reviews for Deliverance
- Bobby Trippe: Weeeeeeeeeee! Weeeeeeeeeeee!
- Drew Ballinger: Is he alive?
- Lewis Medlock: Not now.
- Toothless Man: He got a real pretty mouth ain't he?
- Drew Ballinger: Goddamn, you play a mean banjo!
- Mountain Man: Squeal like a pig!
- Bobby Trippe: [squeals like a pig]
- Mountain Man: I bet you can squeal like a pig.
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