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Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

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"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.

Oct 27, 1998

Universal Pictures

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There is a parade of roadside set pieces involving many different ways to crash cars.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Despite a thin premise for an action-comedy road chase, the film's enthusiasm makes up for its lack of ideas.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie benefits from some excellent vehicular stuntwork, an apt role for Burt Reynolds, the introduction of Jerry Reed's "East Bound and Down," a bright turn by Reynolds' real-life girlfriend Sally Field, and Jackie Gleason at his hammiest.

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

quintessentially 70s and still a ton of fun

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Bandit has a pronounced Southern charm and smash-em fervor that aids in the digestion of an otherwise overly silly enterprise that's way too permissive with its on-screen talent.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

The first in the series and the best of a lousy lot.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A raucous blast with plenty of great lines. Gleason is an absolute riot.

February 18, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

Gleason is the real show here, but it made Burt a huge star.

October 25, 2004

Uncomplicated fun.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The king of the 'good ol' boy' movies.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Good, stupid fun, but a precursor to some awful copycats.

July 26, 2002
Las Vegas Mercury

The true mark of a good action flick is that it knows when to play dumb and when not to.

April 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Smokey and the Bandit

This has proved to be one very popular film, especially where I come from. Even though I do kinda like this, I really don't think it's all that great, and I hope that people from back home don't find out, because I'd never hear the end of it.

This film, which doesn't really have a strong plot, is basically one long chase movie about a rebel who is tasked with going on an epic booklegging run from Texas to Georgia in 28 hours or less. On the way he picks up a runaway bride, and incurs the wrath of a Texas sheriff who is hell bent on stopping him. Unbeknownst to our hero is the main reason why the sheriff is after him: the runaway bride stood his son up at the altar.

Despite being a fun, funny, and entertaining chase movie, there's really no tension and suspense. Had Bandit known Sheriff Buford T. Justice's motive, then maybe there'd be a lot more to work with. Also, the audience could have used a better sense of how much time was left at various points during the movie. That also would have helped build up suspense.

Those are big flaws, but even then, there's something very likeable about this movie, even though it's pretty vacant. Burt Reynolds is charming and sly as Bandit, Jackie Gleason is an absolute riot as Justice. Sally Field may not be a supermodel or anything, but she's a good lookin' woman, and that's pretty evident her, especially since this was her in her (relatively) younger years.

I like silly, stupid, bonehead movies, but I was expecting more from this, especially since it seems to be so revered. It doesn't quite live up to its reputation, but I didn't totally hate it, and I'm glad I finally saw it. It is funny, and the cars and trucks are awesome, but this seems to take the easy way out and isn't what it could have been.
August 28, 2011
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Loved it as a kid but on a re-watch I have to say I was a little shocked in places. It's also more obvious now how wasted Burt Reynolds was too. Still, good fun, cool cars and ace trucks, makes for a perfect bank holiday Monday viewing..
May 3, 2011
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