Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 5
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Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 1
Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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.
Jan 1, 1977 Wide
Oct 27, 1998
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Sheriff Buford T. Justi...
Mike Henry (I)
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There is a parade of roadside set pieces involving many different ways to crash cars.
Despite a thin premise for an action-comedy road chase, the film's enthusiasm makes up for its lack of ideas.
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.
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.
A raucous blast with plenty of great lines. Gleason is an absolute riot.
Gleason is the real show here, but it made Burt a huge star.
Audience Reviews for Smokey and the Bandit
- Sheriff Buford T. Justice: You boys couldn't open an umbrella!
- Sheriff Buford T. Justice: What the hell is the world coming to?
- Carrie: Are we going a hundred and ten?! We're going a hundred and ten!
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