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Smokey and the Bandit
- michael whitty
A fast action road race with cops from many states in the south chasing Burt Reynolds and his desire to bring back a truck load of beer to win $80,000. Jackie Gleason, as a cop in hot pursuit, has his problems chasing Burt who is moving at around 100 m.p.h. Directed by stuntman Hal Needham "Smokey" is an entertaining adventure from Texas to Georgia as Burt picks up Sally Field along the way for some romantic company. From the mid 70s to the mid 80s Burt was number one at the boxoffice and this was his best money film.
My all time favorite movie!
- Cindy Breeling
I was 13 when this movie was released in 1977. It was the first movie that I saw multiple times in the theater. Star Wars was released the same Summer and I've never bothered to see it. Smokey and the Bandit. It had everything. Burt Reynolds. Sally Field. Jerry Reed. And The Great Jackie Gleeson. Action. Comedy. And a little romance. The chemistry between and Reynolds and Field was obvious. A fun movie. Yes, it is a little dated; but it can still make you laugh. Memorable lines: "When we get home, the first thing I'm gonna do is punch your Mama in the mouth." "Daddy, my hat fell off. I hope your goddamned head was in it." "Take your hat off". Looking forward to seeing the 40th Anniversary on 5/24, in Las Vegas.
A childhood film I grew up with!
In the early 2000s, I fell in love with the "Smokey And The Bandit" films after seeing a snippet of the first film on VHS and then I watched all three films and enjoyed them for many reasons: good storylines, good characters, a ton of AMUSING dialogue, good country music, fun and exciting chase scenes and great directing by Hal Needham (May he RIP).
- kevin sellers
Recommended for immature audiences
Smokey and The Bandit
- Marion Hogues
Best comedy of all times.I could watch this movie at least once every week !!!!!
I watched Smokey & the Bandit last night, just long enough to see that the profanity was not going to be deleted. I am very disappointed in TCM for this. When the movie first came out I was a teen. I was uncomfortable with the language then, and 35 years later I am more disappointed that Turner showed the movie uncut. Using God's name as a swear word is not my idea of entertaining. In the past, I have enjoyed watching movies on your channel, knowing that it would be free from bad language & nudity. I hope this won't become standard fare for Turner, as it is the most watched channel in our home, & I would hate to stop watching it.The best thing about this movie is the late Jerry Reed, and the theme song.
Sadly, one of my favorites has become dated.
As I watched this on Father's Day, 2013, with my grandson, I realized that this had become dated. My grandson could not understand why the Bandit was using a CB instead of his cell phone, and couldn't understand what the big deal was about Coors beer. Wasn't it always sold east of the Mississippi? He did like the Trans Am. And a grandfather, I was no longer ignorant of the fact that the Bandit, was in fact a Bandit, and people like him were likely to put my family at risk with his actions. OK, its only a film, but with age, you go from a teen, with no responsibilities, to a grandfather, with kids, grandkids, and a lot of experience with people like Burt Reynolds character. He is no longer someone to be idolized,. but someone to stay away from. There still is no taking away the fact the Buford Justice, played by Jackie Gleason was still laughable. Poking fun at law enforcement is still standard practice in Hollywood, but he was too ridiculous to be taken seriously. Nobody then, or now would have wanted to be Buford. But a lot in my generation did want to be Burt Reynolds. And if any woman liked the film, it was because Burt was at the height of his career and sex appeal.
tons of fun with some greats!
- roy earl
Jackie Gleason. Sally Fields, Burt Reynolds---top line- a great fun funny movie...No academy awards here but still tons of laughs and tons of fun with 3 class acts!..(.ps- someone should clue the junior kiddie in at tcm to include Jackie Gleason in top billing next time! And, tonite even veteran herman manciewicz (e.g.,wrote citizen kane-a classic of classics) chose the film 6-16-13 to watch on tcm).
'The Great One'
One of the greatest movie, funny movies, Jackie Gleason and Burt Reynolds together it gets no better. Thank you for showing this film. Great film with 'The Great One'!
Smokey And The Bandit
- Bruce C
One of the great all time good humor comedies. Well built cast with Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed (hadbeen successful previously in Gator) Sally Field (Hooper) and the great Jackie Gleason. Its a goodtime flick, is represented that way by Hal Needham. Just like Gator, Reed sings the theme and doesa ballad as well. It was as life was in the mid seventies. The good guys were not so good and thebad guys were not really bad. A light jab at getting back at the system. Watch out or you'll miss it, its incorrectly listed as airing on 3-27, the actual air time is 3-38 @ 3:00 am. Smart play by TCM toair it during Oscar month - by honoring the work of Needham.
Okay, just had to comment ... Turner CLASSIC Movies is showing Smokey & the Bandit? During Oscar month?? What did it win an award for ... goofiest moustache on a leading man? Burt Reynolds isn't even a frickin' real actor!! Paul Williams certainly isnt! What is TCM coming to? Stick to the pre-1970s CLASSICS, why dontcha?
Eastbound and Down
The archetypical redneck comedy and the best of it's kind. Burt Reynolds accepts an offer to deliver Coors beer to Atlanta (It was illegal at the time of the film's release) in less the 24 hours. Jerry Reed accompanies Reynolds to Texarkana, TX without incident to pick up the contrband beer. Things look good until Sally Field joins up with Reynolds. She had just ran out on her arranged wedding to a dim-witted deputy sheriff.Her almost Father-in-Law (Jackie Gleason) is in hot pursuit of Reynolds and Field who are driving a customized Pontiac Trans-Am, for what seems to be the entire Southeast and into Atlanta. Gleason steals every scene he appears in and there are more than a few car crashes along the way.