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June 18, 2016
Tough as nails film with an engrossing story, stellar acting and quailty filmmaking making it an unforgettable film
May 16, 2016
Creepy, riveting , perverse, great movie.
April 21, 2016
A harsh, gritty and uncompromising parable about the civilised world encountering the brutality of nature, Deliverance may be one of the cheapest major movies ever made, but it made a huge splash in the cinematic pond back in 1972, and decades later still has the power to shock and disturb. Utilising long takes to create an atmosphere of discomfort and a near complete absence of music to emphasise the desolation, the woods have rarely seemed so creepy in the daylight. In his best moments, Burt Reynolds echoes the late Marlon Brando in his heyday, with a sly grin and cocksure machismo, and the supporting players all bring something to the table. The film works with subtlety and suspense, eliciting shocks by developing a sense of dread and not with cheap jump scares. The ending is the weakest part of the film, feeling rushed and somewhat tagged on, like the filmmakers were forced to create a hasty dénouement rather than leaving the men's fates and mental states undetermined, which would have been more powerful. It has many standout moments, among them the iconic duelling banjos and squealing like a piggy, and while its muted nature renders it a tad boring at times, it still works as a tense thriller and an examination of the dark side of human nature.
April 19, 2016
Deliverance (1972) ????
Galvanizing, realistic story of four friends who go canoeing on the dangerous waters of the Cahulawassee River and find it a trip they'll never forget. An American classic, and perhaps the most terrifying non-horror film ever made. "Dueling Banjos", first encounter with frightening back-country men, and climax on mountain are unforgettable highlights. Phenomenal editing by Tom Priestley, exhilarating river sequences are tip of the iceberg.
½ April 18, 2016
Still holds all that raw power over people even 40 plus years after it was unleashed to unsuspecting audiences in theaters everywhere. Because it's real and it's authentic. The ultimate conflicts of man vs. man, man vs. nature, and man vs. himself.
March 9, 2016
Deliverance hasn't aged at all. In another 45 years, you can still say the same about it. Smart, bravura performances, crafted with care and delivers the story with force.
½ March 6, 2016
Deliverance stands today less shocking than it was upon its original release in 1972, but its brutal thrills and psychological issues stand as effective as ever.

Deliverance is a film that holds a strong cultural line between country and city life which it conveys in an excellent manner. The locations used are beautiful as they convey the more grey side of the country, more dark and gloomy land against a river running rapidly. It explores the land deeply, mainly through excellent cinematography which is used to angle the land in views from all different directions. It conveys the beauty of the natural land as well as the darkness of it, ensuring Deliverance is given a strong setting to be based in, especially as it is conveyed as if the land has never been seen by anyone and is unknown territory, just as the main characters would view it.
The atmosphere is masterful, as director John Boorman makes use of silence to enhance the mysterious feel of unknown land. Yet the music used at the beginning of the film is an eccentric and energetic country piece which conveys the type of land the characters have entered. It's an excellent and memorable moment with terrific music, and similar music plays later on in a slower pace to convey the slow moving structure of country life, even when it's used as the characters are rushing down the rapids of a river. It just maintains a constant atmosphere so strongly that we see the main characters as the fishes out of water the normal folk see them as, and John Boorman's role as director is truly deserving of very much acclaim, because his handling of the story takes a laid-back approach to the events so we understand how the atmosphere naturally exists in the world the characters are in. His direction perfectly contextualises the story. And it's special, particularly because handling such a story is rough territory to charter into, but he treats it as the author and screenwriter James Dickey has clearly intended, and in due process turns it into a landmark thriller movie. One reason it does this well is by never tying the characters to the setting. It makes it abundantly clear that the land does not welcome them, nor do the people. It develops into the fear the characters gain of the wild land as they become trapped in it, forced to commit actions which they cannot comprehend doing in their own town. They drown themselves in fear and paranoia of what will happen, and slowly they collapse psychologically. The development is flawless, particularly at one scene where the characters deal with murder. They don't play it off as something that just happened. They actually realise "We just murdered somebody!". How they attempt to deal with it individually is emphasised excellent, particularly since death has grown to becomes such a commodity amongst film and something characters can cause without flinching. But in Deliverance it's different. It's incredible.
But what's the best part is how a story as simple as that of Deliverance can be so thrilling and so clever in the manner that it psychologically manipulates its characters, and its truly an excellent spectacle.
And the cast of Deliverance keeps it alive.
Jon Voigt leads the story strongly in Deliverance portraying Ed Gentry, the character perhaps most haunted by everything, even when what happened to Bobby Trippe would be significantly more scarring. He strongly conveys his internal struggles and psychological dysfunction after a series of cataclysmic events leave him shattered, and the way he frantically is forced to turn strong in a hard situation is an excellent scene for the characters development.
And Burt Reynolds makes a breakthrough in Deliverance. Before he became iconically comedic for his work in Smokey and The Bandit he worked immensely into his character in Deliverance, portraying a character with strong physicality but a weak ego in his characterisation of Lewis Medlock. Deliverance is a front for his immense skill at dramatic work very early in in his career and foreshadows some of his most acclaimed work in serious dramatic character roles, such as his Academy Award nominated turn in Boogie Nights.
Ned Beatty also worked tremendously hard to secure a powerful performance in Deliverance , and since his character is put through a forcible male rape sequence it's difficult not to feel shocked by the dynamics, but Ned Beatty works with this and conveys the horrific fear from the moment in his character perfectly. The scene is unforgettable and his work is deserving of serious acclaim.
Ronny Cox was also good.

Essentially, Deliverance is a masterful thriller constructed excellently on a low budget with shocks and fears that are haunting in their imagery and are absolutely unforgettable.
February 29, 2016
While it certainly earns its "classic" status in many ways, not everything about the movie holds up well.
½ February 20, 2016
Intense, disturbing, and subverts genre expectations: the movie is scary without trying.
February 10, 2016
Amazing thriller! keeps you on you're seat!
½ February 8, 2016
The payoff, in comparisson to its development leaves a ton to be desired, but Deliverance still manages to have a very serious and hostile tone that very few movies ever manage to achieve in its simplicity.
January 28, 2016
½ January 4, 2016
Great movie!
"Sometimes you have to lose yourself before you can find anything."
½ December 29, 2015
It's a really well shot movie with beautiful cinematography and well directed tense scenes but in the end, it was kind of a let down. The performances are fine, Jon Voight can do little wrong in my book, and the writing is ok.
½ December 20, 2015
Before Hollywood started its campaign with movies like Deliverance, presidents from the south were Truman, Johnson, and Carter. By the time Hollywood was through, the south gave the nation presidents like Bill Clinton and not one but two George Bushs plus totalitarian fascists like Newt Gingrich
and Jesse Helms. Deliverance is the implausible story of a group of men taking a raft ride down a river in the deep south and being accosted every step of the way by the locals. Natives of the backwoods south are portrayed as inbred simpletons whose violent natures are beyond any sort of restraint. None of the protagonists give any thought of contacting local authorities, who can only be assumed to be "libs" in cahoots with the "good old boys." Of course being on a raft on a river in the woods isn't any excuse, surely there is some house near the river with a telephone? No Hollywood tells us, everyone is a mass murderer who is armed to the teeth.
December 9, 2015
One of my all time favorites. Deliverance gives you nightmares on going kayaking in the south.
November 30, 2015
It's like Hatchet for grown ups. But with butt rape.
November 26, 2015
In this movie four people plan to go on a little trip. Unfortunately things do not go as planned. The foursome arrive at a poor Appalachian residential area near the river where most of the inhabitants are the result of inbreeding.You can sense that something bad is about to happen in the movie.What I liked most about this movie is the atmosphere which reeks of dread and dangers that lie ahead.
½ November 25, 2015
Ok it was good. Love the lack of music apart from Banjo and the locations. Actors are great. Script n twists n story also great. Shocking and uncomfortable scenes mixed with lovely scenic shots and using natures soundtrack. But just didn't grab me like I thought it would. The the last quarter drags and fizzles out. 3.5/5. Sorry Burt. Oh and Daryl Dixon should play Lewis if they rebooted it.
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