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5 Reasons Why We’re Still Crazy About Smokey and the Bandit

Posted November 2, 2017 by Morgan Stansell in Arts, Downtown, Events, Festivals, Film, Things to Do

In my mother’s West Rome High School yearbook from 1978, Burt Reynolds is listed as the favorite celebrity of the year. This is no surprise considering his fan-favorite film Smokey and the Bandit (1977)  had just been released the year before. 40 years later, Rome gets to welcome beloved Burt Reynolds to our city among the hills for the highly-anticipated Rome International Film Festival, which begins November 9th. Mr. Reynolds will be here for a showing of Smokey and the Bandit and for a viewing of his new film Dog Years (2017).  In honor of this event, we are sharing 5 reasons why Smokey and the Bandit is still one of Hollywood’s most fun films to watch.

Smokey and the Bandit

Still taken from IMDB.com

1. The Style

With her flipped-out do and her cute collared shirt, Sally Fields blows us away with her style. The bangs and the bell-bottomed pants are a welcome reminiscence to anyone who lived that time and those of us who hold the fashion of the seventies as the pinnacle of couture.

2. The Trans Am

Smokey and the Bandit

Still taken from Car and Driver Blog.

We are all very familiar with The Car. With a roaring engine that promised adventure, it was the epitome of cool for any guy. It was the car the girl dreamed would show up in front of her house for her first date. This Trans Am was the stuff of any rebel’s dream It symbolized courageous defiance of any authority that stood in the way of fun.

3. The Dialogue

Carrie: You have a great profile.

Bandit: Yeah, I do, don’t I? Especially from the side.

Carrie: Well, at least we agree on something.

Bandit: Yeah. We both like half of my face.

The quick banter of the Smokey and the Frog, combined with the incomprehensible rants of Buford T. Justice never fails to produce laughter from an audience.

Smokey and the Bandit

Still taken from IMDb.com

4. The Characters  

Actors such as Jackie Gleeson as Buford T. Justice and Jerry Reed as Cledus bring to life some unbelievable players that may seem all-too familiar to anyone raised in the deep South.

5. Burt Reynolds

With his moustache and his smile, Reynolds commands the screen always. Whether he’s running from the law or wooing the sassy Sally Fields, he appeals to all members of any audience through his good humor and sense of adventure.

Smokey and the Bandit

Still taken from Amazon.com

You can see the film and the Bandit himself at the Rome International Film Festival on Saturday, November 11th at Rome City Auditorium and catch his new film Dog Years  on Sunday, November 12th at the DeSoto Theatre.  Get Rome International Film Festival tickets now.

 

About the Author

Morgan is a recent graduate of Berry College who spends most of her time drinking coffee and playing fetch with her dog Apache. Her passions include watching classic film, lifting weights, and exploring Rome's vast history.

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