• Deliverance (1972)


Release Date: July 30th, 1972

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 1999

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Four city-dwelling friends (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) decide to get away from their jobs, wives and kids for a week of canoeing in rural Georgia. When the men arrive, they are not welcomed by the backwoods locals, who stalk the vacationers and savagely attack them in the woods. Reeling from the ambush, the friends attempt to return home but are surrounded by dangerous rapids and pursued by a madman. Soon, their canoe trip turns into a fight for survival.

Cast: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Bill McKinney, Herbert "Cowboy" Coward, James Dickey, Ed Ramey

Director: John Boorman

Genres: Adventure , Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Transformation, Escape, Small town, 1970s, Pursuit, Police officer, Survival, Best friend, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Josh LarsenLarsenOnFilm

    Deliverance is a harsh film asking harsh questions, less a thrilling adventure movie than an ecological, existential nightmare. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and, indeed, all the members of the cast are finely tuned and very good. What the movie totally fails at, however, is its attempt to make some kind of significant statement about its action. show more

  • 100
    Jeremiah KippSlant Magazine

    Dickey taps into that stark mortal terror of abandoning control, where to become a wild man is somehow a form of connection. show more

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Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama