Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 65. Deliverance (1972)
65. Deliverance [DVD] (1972)
Plot: Four Atlanta businessmen, Lewis (Burt Reynolds), Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty) and Drew (Ronny Cox), decide to canoe down the Cahulawassee River in the remote Georgia wilderness, expecting to have fun and see the glory of nature before the river valley is flooded by the construction of a dam.
Their expectations are crushed when the adventure turns into a horror-filled trip into the dangerous American back-country.
Also Starring: Billy Redden
Directed by: John Boorman
Written by: James Dickey
Length: 110 min
Gross Revenue: $46,122,355
This is the weekend they didn’t play golf (tagline)
Review: There are five reasons this movie is on this list. You might like this movie too if you enjoy watching:
1. “Dueling Banjos”. Drew (Ronny Cox) duels musically with a banjo playing boy in one of my all time favorite movie moments (despite the fact that it actually features a banjo and a guitar).
Nerdiest Movie Trivia: John Boorman wanted Lee Marvin and Marlon Brando to play Ed and Lewis, respectively. After reading the script, Marvin suggested that Boorman should use younger actors instead. Boorman agreed, and cast Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds.
Billy Redden as the banjo playing boy is especially great.
3. Burt Reynolds without a mustache. It appears the lack of his trademark facial companion actually makes him a better actor, because in this one he’s amazing.
4. Jon Voight. Alongside Al Pacino he’s my favorite actor of the 70’s. He will appear further up on this list too.
5. Great DVD extras.
Mountain Man: Now let’s you just drop them pants.
3 Nominations: Best Picture (John Boorman) Best Director (John Boorman) Best Film Editing (Tom Priestley)
PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 66. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
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