Smokey and the Bandit
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"Smokey," aka Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), is the prospective father-in-law of unwilling bride Carrie (Sally Field). The Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a maverick racecar driver, makes an 80,000-dollar bet that he can transport a shipment of Coors beer from Texarkana, TX, to Atlanta within 28 hours. It's important to note that in 1977, it was illegal to sell the Coors brand east of the Mississippi River without a permit; if we don't note that, then the plot won't make sense at times. Already in danger of arrest from redneck lawmen like Buford T. Justice, Bandit… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is a parade of roadside set pieces involving many different ways to crash cars."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Car stunts, romance, and salty language in 1970s comedy."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Bandit has a pronounced Southern charm and smash-em fervor that aids in the digestion of an otherwise overly silly enterprise that's way too permissive with its on-screen talent."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Gleason is the real show here, but it made Burt a huge star."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Good, stupid fun, but a precursor to some awful copycats."
‑ Bob Grimm, Las Vegas Mercury
"Despite a thin premise for an action-comedy road chase, the film's enthusiasm makes up for its lack of ideas."
‑ , Time Out
"The movie benefits from some excellent vehicular stuntwork, an apt role for Burt Reynolds, the introduction of Jerry Reed's "East Bound and Down," a bright turn by Reynolds' real-life girlfriend Sally Field, and Jackie Gleason at his hammiest."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The first in the series and the best of a lousy lot."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Uncomplicated fun."
‑ , Film4
"The true mark of a good action flick is that it knows when to play dumb and when not to."
‑ Patrick Byrne, Apollo Guide
"[A] half-forgotten little curio for later generations to study with puzzled delight."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"quintessentially 70s and still a ton of fun"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A raucous blast with plenty of great lines. Gleason is an absolute riot."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"The king of the 'good ol' boy' movies."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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