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Smokey and the Bandit!
K&F Show Summary:
You asked for it and you got it! Our final Summer Move Re-run was voted on by fans….and it’s a re-run of the Kibbe and Finnegan review os SMokey and the Bandit in 2017 – KAFS Episode #31. 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the movie so we chose to break it down in just the way you think we would: focusing on Gleason’s most inappropriate yet fantastic swear-laced-liners and talking about flying Trans Am’s. Quite frankly, without Smokey and the Bandit the Dukes of Hazzard would never have been a reality. As a total bonus, there are THREE future Dukes of Hazzard stars in this movie as well.
This movie is a perfect 10 our of 10 corndogs!
Legit Movie Info:
Directed by: Hal Needham
Hal Needham … (story) &
Robert L. Levy … (story)
James Lee Barrett … (screenplay) and
Charles Shyer … (screenplay) &
Alan Mandel … (screenplay)
Starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Fields, and Jerry Reed
-Smokey and the Bandit was the #3 Box office movie of 1977:
1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
Votes: 979,846 | Gross: $460.94M
2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr,Melinda Dillon
Votes: 147,460 | Gross: $128.30M
3. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry
Votes: 34,292 | Gross: $126.74M
Random Yet Awesome Movie Facts:
-Hal Needham came up with the idea for this movie while filming another one. They had Coors beer and it had been bootlegged in to where they were filming.
-Three Dukes of Hazzard stars were in this, and two spoke – Ben Jones (Cooter) and Sonny Shroyer (Enos). John Schneider is in there somewhere as well and was an extra. He claims to have faked his way on set saying he was late for makeup, got it, spent the day, and had lunch.
-Paul Williams (Little Enos) is a famous song writer…and wrote we’ve Only Just begun and a number of other hits. He also wrote Rainbow Connection And the lyrics to the show theme from the Love Boat!
-Junior was played by Mike Henry – who played real football for the Steelers in the late 50’s, starred as Tarzan in 3 movies, was in the Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds, and was Donald Pinopscott on MASH!
-This movie was Hal Needham’s directorial debut. Universal only went for it because his best fiend Burt Reynolds said he would star in it.
-Burt Reynolds wanted Sally Fields – who was not wanted by the studio execs. She was known as the Flying Nun, not as a sex symbol. He said she was smart and smart is sexy. It worked.
-Fred the dog was actually Burt’s dog. They did a major dog search competition and gave up trying to use any of the entrants.
-The Trans Am’s were 1976’s dressed up to look like 77’s. Sources claim that anywhere between 4 and 10 were used, but all sources confirm that no car survived. By the second movie Pontiac supplied all of the cars and Burt was offered a free Trans Am every year for the rest of his life. The new Pontiac president killed that deal after 1980. Rick Schmidt of NPD owns the first one given to him – it was a 1978.
-Alan Gibbs was the Stuntman that doubled the Bandit, did the driving, and did the jump. In the biker bar scene with Jerry Reed he’s the guy in the yellow shirt that punches him out.
-Alan Gibbs doubled the Bandit, and Stunt Woman Janey Brady doubled Sally Fields. The two were married to each other during the filming of movie!
-The scene in the “choke and puke” was added in at the end to give Burt and Jackie a chance to share the screen together – and it was the only scene in the movie that did that. It was almost entirely improvised.
-Jackie Gleason improvised about 90% of his lines.
-Jerry Reed improvised “honey hush” and a number of other famous lines.
-The movie editors were nominated for an OSCAR, but lost to the editors of Star Wars
-Henry Corden – the second voice of Fred Flintstone – dubbed in all of Jackie Gleason’s lines without swears (SCUM BUM). Interestingly enough, Fred Flintstone was actually patterned off of Jackie Gleason in the Honey Mooners!
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