Smokey and the Bandit
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

"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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: October 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Not much in the head but plenty beneath the hood, Smokey and the Bandit is infectious fun with plenty of car wrecks to keep your eyes glued.

Variety Staff

There is a parade of roadside set pieces involving many different ways to crash cars.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Car stunts, romance, and salty language in 1970s comedy.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Time Out

Despite a thin premise for an action-comedy road chase, the film's enthusiasm makes up for its lack of ideas.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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TV Guide

The first in the series and the best of a lousy lot.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[A] half-forgotten little curio for later generations to study with puzzled delight.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

quintessentially 70s and still a ton of fun

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Chuck O'Leary

A raucous blast with plenty of great lines. Gleason is an absolute riot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Twas this movie that helped along the creation of the popular cult TV show 'The Dukes of Hazzard'. Not solely of course, but these fast drivin'… More
Chris Weber
This has proved to be one very popular film, especially where I come from. Even though I do kinda like this, I really don't think it's all that… More
KJ Proulx
"Smokey and the Bandit" is one of those fun movies that you can easily watch over and over again without ever getting tired. It's a movie to… More
Derek Daniels
Also known as the movie that got every wannabe redneck to speak almost solely in CB slang. The film has it's moments in both the action and comedy realms,… More
Tim Salmons
I can't even begin to sit here and defend this movie. Like a lot of people, I grew up watching this movie on TV and VHS. It's definitely not a… More
Jason Owens
The parts I always liked best in "The Dukes of Hazzard" (the TV show, not the horrid film) were the car action and chase scenes. But after FINALLY… More