Smokey and The Bandit: Thrilling Stunts, Charismatic Lead in 1977 Action-Comedy

The 1977 action-comedy film "Smokey and The Bandit" stars Burt Reynolds as a beer-running bandit evading local cops in Georgia. The movie features thrilling stunt work and Reynolds' charismatic performance, but lacks substance and plot, according to critics.

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Smokey and The Bandit: Thrilling Stunts, Charismatic Lead in 1977 Action-Comedy

Smokey and The Bandit: Thrilling Stunts, Charismatic Lead in 1977 Action-Comedy

"Smokey and The Bandit," a 1977 action-comedy film directed by a former stuntman, stars Burt Reynolds as a beer-running bandit evading local cops in Georgia. The movie showcases thrilling stunt work and Reynolds' charismatic performance, but lacks substance and plot according to critics.

The film is a product of its era, with a distinct 1970s vibe and attempts to capitalize on the CB radio craze of the time. "The film's enthusiasm makes up for its lack of ideas," notes Time Out. The Hollywood Reporter adds, "It's a one-joke movie and while it's quite a good joke... there's not much more to the movie than that."

Released in 1977 with a runtime of 97 minutes, "Smokey and The Bandit" features stunt work performed without the use of CGI. The movie has been compared to other films and TV shows of the time like "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "The Fall Guy" that also showcased car chases and vehicular stunts.

The film has been described as "fast-moving but essentially lazy" and "mildly entertaining – and totally mindless" by reviewers. However, its unique combination of impressive stunts and Burt Reynolds' star power make it a prime example of "they don't make 'em like they used to" from that era of filmmaking. "Smokey and The Bandit" is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Key Takeaways

  • "Smokey and The Bandit" is a 1977 action-comedy film starring Burt Reynolds.
  • The movie features impressive stunt work without CGI and a 1970s vibe.
  • Critics praise Reynolds' performance, but note the film lacks substance and plot.
  • The film is compared to "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "The Fall Guy" for its car chases.
  • "Smokey and The Bandit" is currently available to stream on Netflix.