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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 65. Deliverance (1972)

August 14, 2011

Sika naked in the ocean promoting piranha 3D65. 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
Budget: $2,000,000
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.

2. Inbred people. Yes, there are not that many movies out there that features them. Here’s your chance to fully enjoy them.

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.

Favorite Quote: 
Mountain Man: Now let’s you just drop them pants.

6. Men squealing like pigs. Ned Beatty, in his first movie appearance ever really sets the bar high. No-one has been able to surpass his excellent performance since.

Oscar Count:
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)

CRITERIA FOR MAKING THIS LIST


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2011 10:59

    I actually got to see the canoe used in this movie when I visited the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum this past spring, along with some other Burtaphernalia.

    • Sika permalink*
      August 16, 2011 10:59

      Oh man, a Burt museum!!? That sounds awesome!

      • Janne the Director permalink
        August 17, 2011 10:59

        Actually… that sounds like your apartment, Sika.

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