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Smokey And The Bandit(1977)

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  • Buford T. Justice was the name of a real Florida Highway Patrolman known to Burt Reynold's father who was once Chief of Police of Jupiter, Florida.
  • The second highest grossing movie released in 1977 next to Star Wars (1977)
  • According to Hal Needham on a radio show in Atlanta, the scene with the football players narrowly missed being a serious accident when, unknown to the film crew, a groundskeeper watered the grass on the field, causing the car to go out of control, slide the wrong way, and almost hit the extras.
  • Several Trans Ams were used in shooting - all were stock (inspected for mechanical problems for safety), except the one that was used in the bridge jump; the stock engine wasn't powerful enough, so a Chevrolet engine was substituted.
  • Near the end of the movie, one of the two Georgia State Patrol cars that block the entrance to the fairgrounds (the Oldsmobile) is equipped with an airbag (very rare for the '70s). The airbag did not deploy in that minor collision but did deploy when they purposely wrecked the car years later. That car is shown in an airbag safety film used in some traffic schools.

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