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Plot, Details & Awards

Deliverance

(1972)
R In Theaters 07/30/1972 , 109min.
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Plot & Details

Adapted from James Dickey's popular novel, John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia. At the behest of Iron John-esque Lewis (Burt Reynolds), the less adventuresome Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) agree to canoe down an uncharted section of the river before a dam project ruins the region. After warnings from the grimy, impoverished locals, and Drew's tuneful yet ominous "Dueling Banjos" encounter with a mute inbred boy, the four men embark on their trip, exulting in the beauty of nature and the initial thrill of the rapids. The next day, however, things begin to take a turn for the worse when Bobby and Ed decide to rest on shore after becoming separated from Lewis and Drew. Two rifle-wielding mountain men (Bill McKinney and Herbert "Cowboy" Coward) emerge from the woods, tying up Ed while one of them rapes Bobby and makes him "squeal like a pig." Lewis and Drew rescue them, but the attack irrevocably changes the tenor of the journey. As the river gets rougher and rougher, the men come to nightmarish grips with what it means to survive outside the safety net of "civilization."

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Tom Priestley Nominated
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture John Boorman Nominated
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director John Boorman Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director John Boorman Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay James Dickey Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Arthur Smith Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Jon Voight Nominated
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Eric Weissberg Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Directors Guild of America Best Director John Boorman Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
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