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The South in the 70’s from a Hollywood Perspective
As a 15 year old I watched parts of this movie being made. It was partly filmed in Benton Arkansas (30 miles S of LR). Benton was also the location for Sling Blade. My mom’s Volkswagen and my bicycle show up in this movie.
It really is a somewhat accurate view of the South in the 70’s from the rejection of hippies by “Good ole boys” to the Corrupt Sheriff, to the home for unwed mothers to the interaction of the races while still staying “respectfully apart”. The movie was not intended to be an Oscar contender it was intended to capitalize on Reynolds immense popularity at the time. It did this well. Ned Beaty shaved his head to give himself the proper receding hairline for a Southern sheriff, and many locals were cast. If you like car chases, and “good ole boys” you’ll love this. Otherwise you can watch it for it’s historical value as a peek at the South through Hollywood colored eyes.
In an interview with Larry King, Ned Beaty said this was the most important role of his career because it kept him from being typecast as a wimp after Deliverance. Diane Ladd and her daughter, Laura Dern are both in this film.
I disagree with “helpless_dancer”, from brokeback…um I mean Brokenbow, Oklahoma. I recently saw this movie after many years of not having seen a Burt Reynolds film.
I’m quite certain my IQ is above that of a “coon dog”, although maybe not as high someone from Oklahoma…yeee haaa…
True- the STORY doesn’t seek to explore some deep philosophical issue or impart profound wisdom to the viewer. It’s not complicated, nor does it have twist & turns, and complex relationships filled with intrigue, mystery, and profound statements about the universe. No. Its enough story to carry the film’s intent, which I believe is character & locale driven.
Its a visual presentation that develops the “richness” of the locale… The texture,if you will. The humanness of the gritty, sweaty characters provides an emotional connection. You have the deep south, a small town, unpretentious acting, ordinary people, (yes some are ‘rednecks’), good character acting, old 70’s car chases on dusty dirt roads, etc. Its just good fun in a setting and style that you just don’t see anymore in films.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Joseph Sargent
Writer William W. Norton
Actors Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm