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A Movie that never needs to remade: Case File #1977

The Movie that shall never be remade...Mature Readers only!! Updated
Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 Classic American film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry and it was Directed by Neal Needham. Also it was the second highest grossing film of 1977, beaten only by Star Wars. It also inspired two sequels, Smokey and the Bandit II and Smokey and the Bandit Part 3. However the two sequels were horrible in comparision to the original. Well the word horrible is being nice. There was also a series of 1994 television movies from original director/writer Hal Needham loosely based on the earlier version, with actor Brian Bloom playing Bandit. I never watched these; I was personally ashamed.



The plot was simple and consisted of a trip from Atlanta, Georgia, to Texarkana, Texas, to pick up 400 cases of Coors and return it to Atlanta in under 28 hours. Why? For the good old American life; for money, for the glory and for the fun but for the $80,000. The idea for Smokey came during production of 1976's Gator on which Neal Needham, was the stunt coordinator and second unit director and also, Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed were the stars and most of the filming was done in Georgia. Needham had never directed a movie before, he was one of Hollywood's most experienced stunt coordinators and had been second unit director on numerous films, including Reynolds' White Lightning (1973) and The Longest Yard (1974).




As the movie begins, rich Texan Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormick) and his son, Little Enos (Paul Williams)



are trying to find a truck driver willing to haul Coors beer to Georgia for their refreshment. Unfortunately, due to federal liquor laws and state liquor tax regulations of the time, selling and shipping of Coors beer east of the Mississippi River was considered bootlegging, and the truck drivers who had taken the bet previously had been discovered and arrested by "Smokey(s)" (truck driver and CB slang for highway patrolmen). At a local truck rodeo, the Texans locate legendary truck driver Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt Reynolds) and offer him $80,000 the price of a new truck, to haul 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas (the easternmost part of the country where Coors was legal) to the "Southern Classic" truck rodeo in Georgia where it's illegal in 28 hours, driving a total of 1800 miles. Bandit accepts the bet and recruits fellow trucker Cletus "Snowman" Snow (Jerry Reed) to drive the truck, Snowman brings along his dog, a Basset Hound named "Fred" {Quiet star of the movie}




for company. Bandit purchases a black Pontiac Trans Am, which he will drive himself as a "blocker" car to deflect attention away from the truck and its cargo.





The two of em reach Texas ahead of schedule, load their truck with Coors, and immediately head back towards Georgia. Shortly thereafter, Bandit picks up professional dancer and apparent runaway bride Carrie (Sally Field back in the day she had an ass} whom he nicknames "Frog" because she was "always hopping around". However, by picking up Carrie, Bo becomes the target of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), a respectable law officer of over thirty years seniority, whose handsome yet very simple-minded goofy son Junior played by (Mike Henry) was to have been Carrie's groom, well that is til she dumped him at the alter.



For me it's Jackie Gleason he created Sheriff Buford T. Justice as his own character, he is the number 1# reason you Cannot remake, redo or anything without tarnashing the "Legend" that is Jackie Gleason or Sheriff Buford T Justice! There are countless moment's between Sheriff Buford Justice and Junior, mostly R rated and adult themed he was audacious in a {meaning fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold} way never to be seen again he talked to everyone the same way and manner. It was never what he said but "how" he said it put himself apart from the rest, you have to of watched Smokey and the Bandit know what I mean. I think he called the Bandit "boy" 30 times it's not a race thing it's just how he talked he invented the word som'bitch, he is the reason you watched Smokey and the Bandit. Every time he opened his mouth it was magic I now offer you
Some famous qoutes and dialogue..

Buford T. Justice: What we're dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law The most famous line ever!!

Buford T. Justice:{Talkin about frog} This happens every time one of these floozies starts poontangin' around with those show folk fags.

Buford T. Justice: Nobody, and I mean NOBODY makes Sheriff Buford T. Justice look like a possum's pecker.
Junior: Except for that...
Buford T. Justice: Shut your ass!

Buford T. Justice: [shouting out of a restaurant to Junior waiting in the car] You want something?
Junior: Hushpuppies, Daddy!
Buford T. Justice: We got no time for that crap!
[mutters under his breath]
Buford T. Justice: Dumb sumbitch...


Buford T. Justice: Nobody, and I mean NOBODY makes Sheriff Buford T. Justice look like a possum's pecker.
Junior: Except for that...
Buford T. Justice: Shut your ass.


Alabama State Trooper: Did you see that? They went right through our roadblock!
Buford T. Justice: You som'bitches couldn't close an umbrella!

My Favorite scene It's priceless..

Junior: [waiting for the "funeral procession] Damn, he had a lot of friends, didn't he?
Buford T. Justice: If they'd a cremated the sum-bitch. I could be kickin' that Mr. Bandit's ass around the moon by now!!


Another Scene while chasing the Bandit around..

Buford T. Justice: [shouting at a trucker that has sheered a door off of Justice's patrol car] I saw that, you sombitch! You did that on purpose! You're going away till you're gray! I got the evidence!
Buford T. Justice: [speaks to Junior] Put the evidence in the car.
Junior: But Daddy...
Buford T. Justice: Put the *evidence* in the *car*!
[shouting to trucker again]
Buford T. Justice: I'm gonna barbeque yo' ass in molasses!
Junior now has the door on his lap
Buford T. Justice: [speaks to Junior] Put the evidence in the back!!
Buford T. Justice: [speaks to Junior]Buford T. Justice: [to his son] There's no way, *no* way that you came from *my* loins. Soon as I get home, first thing I'm gonna do is punch yo mamma in da mouth! The Greatest Line ever in a movie..

When Smokey conversated with The Bandit it was over a Cb

Buford T. Justice: Breaker, breaker for the Bandit.
Bandit: Come on back, breaker.
Buford T. Justice: You got trouble comin'. Big trouble.
Bandit: Well, what's your handle son and what's your 20?
Buford T. Justice: My handle is Smokey Bear and I'm tail grabbin' yo ass right now!

Their First Time They met was a gas station and they didn't relize who each other other was

Buford enters a chock and puke..
Buford T. Justice: Just keep your eye out for that Mr. Bandit bastard!
Buford T. Justice: [shouting out of a restaurant to Junior waiting in the car] You want something?
Junior: Hushpuppies, Daddy!
Buford T. Justice: We got no time for that crap!
[mutters under his breath]
Buford T. Justice: Dumb sumbitch..

Buford T. Justice: Give me a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I'm in a god-damn hurry.
Bandit: You must be in a hell of a hurry, huh, Sheriff?
Buford T. Justice: You bet your ass on that, boy.
Bandit: You chasin' somebody Sheriff? Somebody chasin' you?
Buford T. Justice: Nobody's chasin' me, boy!
Here is the scene



[Communicating through the C.B. radio] with The Bandit over his Left shoulder..
[Bandit and company encounter Sheriff Justice on their way from the fairgrounds]

Bandit: [through CB radio] Sheriff, uh, Buford T. Justice, please.
Sheriff Justice: Who there?
Bandit: This is "Bandit" Darville talkin'.
Sheriff Justice: Where are you, you sumbitch?
Bandit: Before I tell you where I am, Sheriff, there's just one thing I wanna say. You must be part coon dog. I've been chased by the best of them, and son, you make 'em look like they're all runnin' in slow motion. I just wanna say that.
Sheriff Justice: Well, thank you, Mr. Bandit. And as the pursuer, may I say you're the goddamnedest pursuee I've ever pursued. Now that the mutual bullshit is over, [shouting angrily] where are you, you sumbitch?!
Bandit: Well, I'm right down at the bottom of the hill, Sheriff. I'm about six-foot-eight, in a cowboy outfit, got a little pygmy standing right beside me dressed just like me. You can't miss me. 10-4.
[Sheriff Justice looks down the hill; Bandit has a change of heart and decides to reveal his true identity]
Bandit: You know what? Scratch that, Sheriff, I can't do that to you; you're too good a man. Look over your left shoulder.
Sheriff Justice: [looking over his shoulder, wearing a look of shock] Oof!

One of The Funniest moment's Greatest Scene ever!

Buford T. Justice[speaks to Junior]: Do what I say you pile a' monkey nuts!

Now On to The Bandit, Burt Reynold's "created" The Bandit as his own, he was smooth with the ladies. Reynolds was the "Man" in the 70's!

Bandit: [commenting on Carrie's legs] Cowboys love fat calves.
Carrie: They're not fat!
Bandit: Well, they're bigger then mine.
Carrie: Do we really wanna talk about legs?
Bandit: Well, one of us wants to.
Carrie: Smart ass.

Carrie: Don't you ever take off that stupid hat?
Bandit: I take my hat off for one thing, one thing only.
Carrie: Oh...
[beat]
Carrie: Take your hat off.
[Bandit looks stunned]
Carrie: I mean, If you want to...
Bandit: I want to.

Carrie: Actually, my heaviest relationship was with an acid-rock singer... named Robert Crumly. We were together, oh, eight-and-a-half days. God, I really thought that was it.
Bandit: And?
Carrie: One day, I came home and found him in the shower... with a girl... and her mother!
Bandit: Well, at least he kept it in the family.

[Bandit has just used a broken bridge to jump a river]
Carrie: That was great! I want to jump something else! I want to jump a car, or a house, anything!
Bandit: [still shaking] Then jump me!

In the 1970's Police just got C.B's in the cruisers, overweight clunky car's do you think they could keep up with this??



Here are some unknown fact's...

Director Hal Needham originally planned the film as a low budget B movie, with Jerry Reed as the Bandit. It wasn't until Needham's old friend Burt Reynolds read the script and said he'd do it that the movie was aimed at a more mainstream release, with Reed now playing Bandit's friend Snowman. (Reed would eventually play the Bandit in Smokey and the Bandit Part III).

"Buford T. Justice" was the name of a real Florida Highway Patrolman known to Burt Reynolds' father, who himself was once Chief of Police of Jupiter, Florida. His father was also the inspiration for the word "sumbitch" used in the movie, a phrase he reportedly uttered quite often, according to Reynolds.

Jackie Gleason was given quite free rein over ad-libbing dialogue and making suggestions. In particular, the scene where Sheriff Justice unknowingly encounters the Bandit in the "choke and puke," was not in the original story, it was Gleason's idea. Greatest idea ever!!

Smokey and the Bandit 3 "Myth"

According to an oft-repeated urban legend, the film was originally entitled Smokey IS the Bandit, with Jackie Gleason playing both Sheriff Buford T. Justice and the Bandit. According to the legend, test audiences reacted poorly, and so the Bandit scenes were re-shot with Jerry Reed playing the role. No footage or stills from this alleged version of the film have ever surfaced. However, the pre-publicity for the film announced Gleason in both roles.. BOO!!

Please take time to enjoy The Originl trailer thanks youtube!!



The whole reason to this is the Actor's made the movie not the director's, producer's or their agents unlike today..The "Actors" made the movie!!



This only for true fans...



Enjoy...Thanks youtube....East Bound and Down is my "Guilty Pleasure"

"I love the sign that says gas for 47 cents a gallon"
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SHHH
4/12/2010

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10 Comments

"Gimme a diablo sandwich and a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I'm in a goddamn hurry"

Classic-The actors made the movie, not the story!
DogsOfWar - 4/12/2010, 1:03 AM
Love this movie....Reynolds had alot of charm back in the day :)

SHHH@ FANtastic article :)
teabag - 4/12/2010, 3:32 AM
Haha love it! Yes, a classic for sure. Are they planning on remaking it? Or are you just being proactive since that's all hollywood does nowadays, haha
Bamf7 - 4/12/2010, 6:28 AM
They should leave the classics and go remake Tango & Cash lol :P
teabag - 4/12/2010, 6:32 AM
I recently bought the franchise collection but... gawd DAMN the two sequels SUCK ASS!!!! Like i couldn't believe how bad they could have messed up that franchise. The two last films are a freakin' ABOMINATION!!! Even Dom Deluise sucked ass in the second, as if that's even possible!!! He must have been directed at gunpoint forcing him to suck ass!!! And what the hell was the point with having Bandit being a drunk bastard out of his witts for the whole film??? I'm not even gonna mention the goddamn elephant.

As for the first film, it's not "JUST" a classic, it was a masterpiece!!! Well... all of it except for the scene where Snowman gets his ass handed to him for no damn reason. He just gets beat up in a bar and then goes on his way... no point what so ever, the film could have been a monument had it not been for that scene. But that film did what Dukes of Hazard couldn't. I'll let you fill in the blank. Gleason will always be one of my favorite actors ever!!! I still watch Honeymooners to this day because of him!!! I'm so happy he was in the film cause NO ONE could have played Justice as well as him!!!

And i'm not even gonna comment about the third turd where Snowman is the bandit. It should be forgotten forever!!!
Shaman - 4/12/2010, 8:32 AM
Agree Shaman! ONE OF THESE DAYS, POW RIGHT IN THE KISSER!
Spock - 4/12/2010, 1:36 PM
DogsOfWar :Gleason's whole idea, it was never written in..
Bamf7: Exactly that leave this one alone..
@Shaman: my same exact thoughts
Thanks everyone this is a classic...Jackie Gleason is the man it's not what he said it's how he said it..They don't make movies like this anymore..
SHHH - 4/12/2010, 2:35 PM
SHHH @ Yep never needs to get rebooted like most movies!!!

It will though! : (

Hey didn't they do TV movies with TRACI LORDS?

Cool article bro, thumbs up and thanx for da e-mail!
777LEEE - 4/15/2010, 12:10 PM
777LEEE: TRACI LORDS? yes.. I think 94..
SHHH - 4/15/2010, 1:59 PM

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