Deliverance (1972)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 21, 1972
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Each of the four lead performances is exceptional, none more so than Burt Reynolds' beefy, supercilious Lewis.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

It's a haunting, nightmarish vision.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Classic '70s adventure has brutal, disturbing violence.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

John Boorman's 1972 film of the James Dickey novel has a beautiful visual style that balances the film's machismo message.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A fantasy about violence, not a realistic consideration of it.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews underwhelming adaptation of an underwhelming book.

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Variety Staff

It's the stuff of which slapdash oaters and crime programmers are made but the obvious ambitions of Deliverance are supposed to be on a higher plane.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

So many of Dickey's lumpy narrative ideas remain in his screenplay that John Boorman's screen version becomes a lot less interesting than it has any right to be.

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David Keyes

Boorman's film still speaks to us in profound ways, as if to indicate hidden wisdom has long rested in frames glossed up by a once-shocking philosophy.

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Spencer S.
This thriller concerns the exploits of four good old Southern boys trekking down a huge, thrashing river. Set in a very incestuous, back-hoe section of Georgia,… More
Mike S
There's much that stays in memory after seeing this extraordinary film. You have the bizarrely entertaining "Dueling Banjos" scene at the… More
Jim Hunter
Four friends explore the whitewater rapids of country backwoods, but their fishing trip turns tragic when one of their members is sexually assaulted. In what… More
Alex roy
Deliverance is an intense film with an impressive cast. The film is famous for the "dueling banjos scene" and many others. The films focuses on a… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Sometimes you have to lose yourself 'fore you can find anything."</i> Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's… More
Melvin White
Ed: Look, what is it that you require of us? Mountain Man: What we, uh, "re-quire" is that you get your god-damn asses up in them woods. I… More