Smokey And The Bandit (1977)
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Let’s go back to 1977 for a movie that paired Burt Reynolds and Sally Field for history.
The cast was amazing! Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry.
The film follows Bo “Bandit” Darville (Reynolds) and Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Reed), two bootleggers, as they attempt to drive from Atlanta to Texarkana, pick up 400 cases of Coors beer, and illegally transport it back to Atlanta in 28 hours or less.
While Snow drives the truck carrying the beer, the Bandit drives a Pontiac Trans Am to distract law enforcement and keep the attention off Snow. During their run, they are relentlessly pursued by Buford T. Justice (Gleason), a blusterous Texas county sheriff.
Most may not remember this but, Coors was illegal East of the Mississippi River. Yes, it was LOL. Many probably don’t remember banks closed early on Wednesdays.
Smokey and the Bandit was followed by two sequels: Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983). Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest-grossing domestic film of 1977, second only to Star Wars, the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy.
The movie cost a whole 3 million dollars to make, it brought in… OVER 300 MILLION DOLLARS at the box office. WOW!
Source: Sal Amato