Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit
Smokey and the Bandit
  • PG
  • 1h 35m
  • 1977
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Get ready to tear up the highway with the Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a fun-loving, fast-talking trucker who takes on his craziest haul yet - delivering 400 cases of beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in just 28 hours. With Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) hot on his trail and eager to teach him some respect for the law, the Bandit joins forces with good ol' boy, Cledus (Jerry Reed) and runaway bride Carrie (Sally Field). Gear up for huge laughs, pedal-to-the-metal action, and some of the wildest car crashes ever filmed!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics 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.

June 21, 2017
Time Out

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

June 21, 2017
Antagony & Ecstasy
Tim Brayton

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

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Smokey and the Bandit is a mid-1970s car-chase comedy with a classic set of antiheroes outwitting bumbling law-enforcement officers on highways from Texas to Georgia. Likable characters break the law with abandon (and humor). Cars crash, roll over, and fly through the air throughout the film, but there are no injuries or deaths. One character is beaten up in a bar and appears battered afterward, and a dog is threatened. Almost everyone swears ("bitch," "s--t," "goddamn," "ass"); there are insults ("dummy," "fag," "turd,"); and sexual banter is used as a source of humor ("knockers," "I'd like to jump you," "poontang"). A romance results in kissing, but sexual activity is implied and not shown. Coors beer plays a prominent part in the story.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Action
  • Release Date:May 27, 1977
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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