Smokey and the Bandit

Release Date: January 2nd, 2005

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 1998

PG |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt Reynolds) agrees to pick up the beer in Texas and drive it to Georgia within 28 hours. When Bo picks up hitchhiker Carrie (Sally Field), he attracts the attention of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Angry that Carrie will not marry his son, Justice embarks on a high-speed chase after Bandit.

Cast: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, Lamar Jackson

Director: Hal Needham

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Rastar Pictures, Universal Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry, Rousing, Cheeky, 1970s, Amusing, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Time Out London

    The direction, by a former stuntman, concentrates on the action and happily leaves everyone to their own devices, with almost nothing to do. Field shows what natural acting is all about, and Reynolds' send-ups of himself are, despite repetition, becoming more likeable. Here his kidding around is exactly in tune with this fast-moving but essentially lazy vehicle. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    While the joke wears thin very quickly, there are a number of amusing sequences, which are combined with some exciting road action to provide a mildly entertaining — and totally mindless — film. show more

  • 50
    The New York Times

    With Mr. Reynolds playing it cool and Mr. Gleason doing his burns and investing the film with a certain raunchy humor, the rest is up to the vehicles. And they don't do anything that hasn't been seen before. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Film Editing