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Smokey & The Bandit (1977) - Ripper Car Movies

By Iain Kelly, 07 Sep 2018 Features

Smokey & The Bandit (1977) - Ripper Car Movies

Plenty of tyre-smoking action and a few Dukes of Hazzard-style jumps as The Bandit and his Trans Am lead the cops on a 1450km wild-goose chase

What we’re dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law

Smokey & The BanditYOU don’t come to a film directed by an ace stunt driver expecting an intricate plot or complex character development, and on that basis Smokey & the Bandit doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the Eastbound & Down theme tune pretty much sums it up. What you’re here for is a big helping of tyre-smoking action as the Bandit and his Trans Am lead the cops on a wild-goose chase across multiple states, running as a decoy for his buddy, Snowman, who’s hauling the illegal booze in his Kenworth. There’s plenty of good old boy humour, with the best lines going to Jackie Gleason’s sheriff Buford T Justice, not to mention endless CB radio chatter. That’s a big ten-four!

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Pontiac Trans AmVerdict: 4/5

Smokey & The Bandit was a smash hit on debut, helping Pontiac sell a shed-load of Trans Ams and is still a good, watchable family flick today. The less said about the sequels, the better.

Smokey & The BanditStars:

  • Burt Reynolds
  • Sally Field
  • Jackie Gleason
  • Jerry Reed

Smokey & The BAnditCars:

  • 1978 Pontiac Trans Am
  • 1974 Kenworth W900A
  • 1978 Pontiac Le Mans
  • 1977 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

Smokey & The BanditDirector:
Hal Needham

Smokey & The BanditCar action:
It’s pretty much one flat-out, 1450km police chase from Texarkana, Texas, to rural Georgia, with handbrake turns, off-road action and a few Dukes of Hazzard-style jumps.

Smokey & The BanditPlot:
Legendary trucker Bo ‘Bandit’ Darville (Burt Reynolds) accepts an $80,000 bet to smuggle a semi-load of beer from Texas to Georgia but runs afoul of the law.

Burt ReynoldsCOOL FLICK FACT: Director Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds teamed up again for Cannonball Run in 1981.