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SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
1977, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Hal Needham

“Smokey” was ’70s trucker slang for the Highway Patrol, a frequent adversary of knights of the road - especially when said knights try to haul Coors beer illegally from Texas to Georgia. But Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is no match for “The Bandit” (Burt Reynolds), whose speed and skill behind the wheel is the stuff of local legend. Longtime stunt coordinator Hal Needham was ideally suited to direct this hit action comedy, which costars Sally Field as a runaway bride and country singer Jerry Reed as Reynolds’ partner in crime.


BOOGIE NIGHTS
1997, Warner Bros., 155 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Eddie Adams, aka "Dirk Diggler" (Mark Wahlberg), is a high school dropout-turned-porn star whose career is on a dizzying upward trajectory thanks to the guidance of adult-movie kingpin Rick Horner (Burt Reynolds). As Eddie and the adult industry descend into the excesses of the late ’70s, devastating personal narratives unfold against a historic shift in America’s cultural landscape. Both intimate and epic in tone, this sprawling ensemble piece is populated by superb actors (Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy) whom Anderson guides with masterful, Altmanesque care.


DELIVERANCE
1972, Warner Bros., 109 min, USA, Dir: John Boorman

Director John Boorman fashions an indescribable odyssey of unexpected violence, endurance and transcendence as Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty are stalked by a scruffy gang of backwoods Neanderthals. The cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond (MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, THE LONG GOODBYE, and winner of the 1998 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award) perfectly evokes an atmosphere of stark, pastoral beauty and mounting terror from novelist James Dickey’s pitch-perfect screenplay.


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