Smokey and the Bandit Movie Review Summary

Actors: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason

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Smokey and the Bandit is a great action-packed comedy. Big Enos Burdett makes a bet with the Bandit to go to Texarkana, TX to haul 400 cases of illegal Coors beer back to Atlanta, GA in 28 hours. In order for this to happen, the Bandit (Reynolds) insists on driving a blocker car--a 1977 Trans Am--for the Kenworth truck that the Snowman (Reed) hauls the beer in. The result is comical. There are a number of police chases and one obsessed police man (known as the main "Smokey" or Sheriff Buford T. Justice) that will not leave the chase because his son has romantic ties with Carrie (Field), the woman riding shot gun for the Bandit.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Jarod N

General Motors must've made tons of money off this movie, because after its release, the company's Pontiac dealerships sold out of Firebirds in a matter of days (and leaving their Chevrolet Camaro twins in the dust on the sales charts!). Two drivers, Bandit and Snowball, take up an $80,000 offer to ship cases of bootlegged beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in 28 hours or less. During their big trek across the South, the Bandit uses his '77 Trans Am to block police cruisers from Smokey's 18-wheeler truck. Not only do they succeed in their mission, the lead cop Smokey's daughter-in-law leaves his son at the altar (and this makes Smokey so mad that he starts chasing the Bandit on his way back!) and also gets a lift from the Bandit. If you like road trips that mean something, then pick up this high-octane classic at your local video store today!
The review of this Movie prepared by Teddy

One of the all-time big box-office hits, Smokey and the Bandit stars Burt Reaynolds and Jackie Gleason in an outrageous comedy that boast full-throtle laughs and high-velocity thrills.

Reynolds is the Bandit, a king-of-the-road trucker hero who accepts the ultimate challenge: pick up a truckload of Coors beer in Texarkana - the closest place it can be leagally sold - and haul it cross-country to Atlanta in 28 hours. The reward? $80,000! The result? The wildest series of car chases and crashes ever filmed! The reason? A Texas "Smokey," Sheriff Buford T. Justice(Gleason), becomes manically obsessed with apprehending the elusive Bandit when he joins forces with Smokey's son's runaway bride(Sally Field)!
The review of this Movie prepared by Zach

Bo Darville or Bandit (Reynolds) is asked by Big and Little Enos Burdette to go to Texas and pick up 400 cases of Coors beer and bring it back in 28 hours. Bandit then asks his friend Cletus Snow or Snowman (Reed), who brings his dog Fred, to drive the semi while Bandit drives a Trans AM for blocker. On the way back Bandit picks up a bride named Carrie (Field) who has left a man at the alter named Junior. Bandit later gives her the name Frog. Junoir's dad Sherrif Bufford T. Justice (Gleason) then chases them from Texas to Georgia in a comical and eventful day. One of the best comedies ever made.
The review of this Movie prepared by Annie Calkins

Big and Little Ennis Burdette go to Atlanta, Ga. to get the Bandit to accept a bet to go and pick up 400 cases of Coors Light and bring it back from texas in 28 hours. He gets money from the to buy the beer and a 77 trans am to block for the diesel. They get there and pick up the beer. In the way back they run into a bride thats running away from her wedding.
The review of this Movie prepared by bryan

A Famous trucker takes a bet that he and his friend trucker can take an 18 wheeler and drive from Atlanta to Texarcana, pick up 400 cases of Bootleg Beer, and take it Back to Atlanta in 28 hours flat. On the way, the blocker (the Bandit) picks up the sherrif's run away bride and the Sherrif becomes obessed with apprehending him. Through car chases and car crashes, they make it with 10 minutes to spare.
The review of this Movie prepared by Travis T

The Bandit (Burt Reynolds) is given the rare chance/challenge to bootleg 400 cases of Coors across the Texas Border. He and an accomplice, Snowman (Jerry Reed) take off on a 28 hour race against time for the grand total earning of $80,000. The Bandit and Snowman run into unanticipated calamity when they cross paths with a 'Runaway Bride' whose freshly-jilted groom is the son of the Chief of Police. The Chief (Jackie Gleason), who's none too happy with the way things have transpired, goes out of his jurisdiction and to hilarious lengths to find the girl who left his son at the alter.

The review of this Movie prepared by Jillian

Legendary trucker the Bandit (Reynolds) accepts an $80,000 bet from a Texas millionaire to bootleg 400 cases of Coors from Texarkana, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia in 28 hours. The Bandit "runs blocker" in a badass black Trans Am to draw police attention away from the truckload of beer, driven by his partner the Snowman (Reed). Bandit picks up runaway bride Carrie (Field) on the side of the road, and jilted father-in-law Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Gleason) follows in "hot pursuit!" One of the best car-stunt movies ever made; excellently paced and very funny, even if mindless fun (great banter between Reynolds and Field); a great snapshot of late 70s CB/trucker/white-trash culture and a glimpse into the South that outsiders don't know about (one of the rare instances where Hollywood got the South right); the best free commercial Pontiac ever got (Trans Am sales hit an all-time high in 1979); a much smarter movie than its reputation implies; and one of the last great movies about a modern-day, "screw the man" folk hero.
The review of this Movie prepared by Joe

Big Enos Burdette challenges the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) to run over to Texas, pick up a truck load of Coors, and bring it back to Georgia in 28 hours. No problem, says the Bandit, as he enlists the help of his good buddy, The Snowman (Jerry Reed). Only problem is it is illegal to take liquor across the Texas line. The Bandit encounters trouble on the way back with a runaway bride (Sally Field) and a caravan of Smokies led by Sheriff Bufford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason).
The review of this Movie prepared by BethG

Script Analysis of Smokey and the Bandit

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   road trip

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Texas    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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