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Smokey and the Bandit (Special Edition)

Burt Reynolds , Sally Field , Hal Needham    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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It's easy to assume this is just another dumb redneck comedy from Burt Reynolds's years of underachievement. But it's not bad as a dumb redneck comedy at all. Directed by career stuntman Hal Needham, Smokey and the Bandit is just a goofy chase starring a bunch of Reynolds's Hollywood cronies. New to the job as film boss, Needham brings a silly but energized sensibility to the production and an action man's need to see things moving. But he also has a distinctive feeling for relationships, and he's good with a joke. Put all that together, and Smokey is, at the very least (and unlike its sequels), a simple and original pleasure. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, optional French and Spanish subtitles, and cast and crew bios. --Tom Keogh

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4.0 out of 5 stars That's a big 10-4 Good Buddy! May 18 2004
Format:DVD
There was a time when Coors Beer was not available east of the Mississippi. Any attempt at carrying the beer across that big ole river was considered Bootlegging! And who better to take on the challenge than the Bandit. But things get out of hand when he picks up a wandering bride who just walked out on her fiancé, the son of Sheriff Buford T. Justice. It turns into a game of chess as Ole Buford is in Hot Pursuit.
Got it? Well, it doesn't matter. This film is not about story. It's about fast cars, notably a black Trans Am and the destruction of as many police vehicles as can be done in and hour and a half, the more humiliation the better. The film was helmed appropriately enough by longtime stuntman Hal Needham who keeps the action rolling. But it is the charismatic performers that make this film such a success. Burt Reynolds is at his confident best as the Bandit. He easily catches the eye of the adorable Sally Field. ("You Like me, you really, really like me") And even country singer Jerry Reed gives us some good comic relief when the romance begins to boil.
But, if truth be told, it is the late, great Jackie Gleason's turn as the vulgar, grammatically challenged Justice that makes the film work and work well. He commits totally to bringing ole Buford alive and even makes logically challenged material work. Like the occasional car flying off the ground and landing atop a truck for no apparent reason.
This simple story, Smokey and the Bandit, was one of the first films to topple the financial record held by GONE WITH THE WIND. Now, its numbers are nowhere to be found on that listing, but still it was an excellent feat. From its initial run, I'm sure Universal Pictures was ready to cash in with a sequel or two!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way movies should be made today April 23 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I'll never forget the first time I watched the tail end of the movie and I actually quite liked it, then a couple of months later I taped it on the KSTW channel (cable station is located in Tacoma, WA) and they got rid of that channel sometime around 1994 or 95 which was kind of unfortunate cause I grew up on that channel and that channel will always take me back to the golden days of my childhood.
The movie begins as the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) takes a $80,000 bet to see whether he can haul off about 600 cases of beer from Texarkana, Texas to somewhere in Georgia within' 18 hours and he brings his buddy Cledus (Jerry Reed) to drive the semi truck so he can haul off the beer while the cops (better known as the Smokey's) can concentrate on just the Bandit and the Bandit buys a brand new Trans Am, then he meets up with a runaway bride (Sally Field) and Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is on their tail cause she ditch Buford's dimwitted son Junior and boy wouldn't it be funny if every cop was as dumb as Junior?
There are some other great moments throughout the film like Buford driving through a pole and the top of the car comes on, or when the police cars collided into each other and a trucker crashes into the open door of Buford's car and he gets all angry, if you like high speed chase movies or fast cars then you'll like Smokey and the Bandit, I wouldn't recommend watching the sequels unless if you really enjoyed watching this movie and they don't come close to how good this movie is although I do kind of like watching Smokey and the Bandit 3, if you're on a budget then I would get the Smokey and the Bandit pursuit pack which generally costs around $17-$20 and it's less expensive than buying Smokey and the Bandit 1 and 2 separately.
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4.0 out of 5 stars That's a 10-4 Good Buddy March 26 2004
Format:DVD
There was a time when Coors Beer was not available east of the Mississippi. And any attempt at carrying the beer across that big ole river was considered Bootlegging! And who better to take on the challenge than the Bandit. But things get out of hand when he picks up a wandering bride who just walked out on her fiancé, the son of Sheriff Buford T. Justice. It turns into a game of chess as Ole Buford is in Hot Pursuit.
Got it? Well, it doesn't matter. This film is not about story. It's about fast cars, notably a black Trans Am and the destruction of as many police vehicles as can be done in and hour and a half, the more humiliation the better. The film was helmed appropriately enough by longtime stuntman Hal Needham who keeps the action rolling. But it is the charismatic performers that make this film such a success. Burt Reynolds is at his confident best as the Bandit. He easily catches the eye of the adorable Sally Field. ("You Like me, you really, really like me") And even country singer Jerry Reed gives us some good comic relief when the romance begins to boil.
But, if truth be told, it is the late, great Jackie Gleason's turn as the vulgar, grammatically challenged Justice that makes the film work and work well. He commits totally to bringing ole Buford alive and even makes logically challenged material work. Like the occasional car flying off the ground and landing atop a truck for no apparent reason.
This simple story, Smokey and the Bandit, was one of the first films to topple the financial record held by GONE WITH THE WIND. Now, its numbers are nowhere to be found on that listing, but still it was an excellent feat. From its initial run, I'm sure Universal Pictures was ready to cash in with a sequel or two!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memory lane...
Watched this yrs ago... Great movie for fun and entertainment. This was my first movie i ever watched in a theatre
Published 3 months ago by Lionel
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Reed would be proud
I remember watching this movie on VHS when i was younger, it was awesome then and its even better now. Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason have the best back and forth in this movie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bolder
1.0 out of 5 stars .
I need to get hold of the person I purchased this dvd from. Very important that I talk to them.
Published 14 months ago by Daphne White
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome classic movie
Received in excellent shape as usual. The updated audio and blu-ray image is a great bonus for this flick. Good classic car chase movie, Burt hamming it up. Fun movie!
Published 21 months ago by Pedro_333
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Item arrived very quickly. My boy friend has an affinity to this movie as he is an original owner of the car and has it in VHF. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mary M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoky and the Bandit
Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable. Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields in their prime and at their best. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stack
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, classic 70s comedy.
If you missed the 70s, watch this movie plus Saturday Night Fever and you'll be set. Smokey features Burt Reynolds at his cheeky, comedic best. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2009 by Karl E. Hourigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Honk if you think Sally Field is cute
This is a movie the whole family can watch and enjoy. I always thought Sally Field was cute, back in her gidget days, and she does not dissapoint in this movie. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars This One Ia Pretty Funny But 2 Is Better
I Like This One Also And I Like How It All Started Over Buford T's Madly Obsession Of Apparehanding The Bandit And I Like At The End Buford "Im Not Giving Up Im Not Giving Up... Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Dan Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Movie!!!
I bought this movie on DVD the other day. I Love this movie, one of my favorites. Well worth the price I only payed around $9.00 WOW
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Chad Carpenter
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