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: I'm here to defend the honor of Hal Needham's directorial debut, Smokey and the Bandit , a classic piece of 1970s cinematic Americana. Judge Ryan Keefer reviewed Universal's HD DVD release in 2007 and was not the least bit kind to the film or anyone involved in its creation. A travesty of justice if there ever was one.
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?
Summary: When discussing the top box office draws of 1977, a certain range of familiar movies comes to mind. "Star Wars." "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." "Saturday Night Fever." Placing fourth on that list is "Smokey and the Bandit," perhaps the most improbable blockbuster of the year, riding a drive-in cinema obsession to greater monetary glory, turning Burt Reynolds and the Pontiac Trans Am into legends along the way.
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 .