Excerpt: But with Bandit blocking in a shiny new Trans Am and his partner behind the wheel of the big rig, the whole trip looks like it will be a breeze—that is, until Bo suddenly picks up a runaway bride (Sally Field, two years before she began collecting Oscars). Unfortunately, the jilted groom’s father (Jackie Gleason) is a Texas county sheriff, and this relentless, foul-mouthed lawman is determined to catch the Bandit at any cost.
Excerpt: The Film Burt Reynolds was a big deal in the '70s -- and not just for his 'stache-growing talents. Despite that facial hair and his lengthy career, he is probably best known for the smashes, crashes and one-liners of Smokey and the Bandit . That's pretty darn impressive, considering the comedy made its theatrical debut just two days after a little film called Star Wars . Heard of it?
Conclusion: "Smokey and the Bandit" is extremely goofy, but Needham keeps the film engaging, managing the lead character's outpouring of smarm with extraordinary skill. It's a blunt cinematic object (eventually giving birth to two sequels and four television movies, while making the Trans Am the must-own panty-dropping car for 1978-79), but one with a distinct pleasure zone and an amiable atmosphere of destruction and seduction.
Conclusion: 'Smokey and the Bandit' is a classic car chase / slapstick comedy / action movie with memorable characters as well as an iconic villain and hero car. For those who grew up watching this film, I argue that it's still just as fun of a ride today as it was originally (I would also venture the same goes if you did not care for the film).
Excerpt: You get most people started on the '77 Academy Awards and they'll fuss about Annie Hall beating out Star Wars for Best Picture. Me...? I grew up in Ladson, South Carolina; I'm still wondering where the Bandit's statuette is. Okay, I'm playing that up a little. (Dead giveaway...? Rednecks don't use semicolons.) But I am from the boondocks of South Carolina, and I was raised by a man obsessed with Smokey and the Bandit .