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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 (had been successful previously in Gator) Sally Field (Hooper) and the great Jackie Gleason. Its a good time flick, is represented that way by Hal Needham. Just like Gator, Reed sings the theme and does a ballad as well. It was as life was in the mid seventies. The good guys were not so good and the bad 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 to air 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.