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Smokey & The Bandit [VHS]
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It's easy to assume this is just another dumb redneck comedy from Burt Reynolds's years of underachievement. But it's not bad as a dumb redneck comedy at all. Directed by career stuntman Hal Needham, Smokey and the Bandit is just a goofy chase starring a bunch of Reynolds's Hollywood cronies. New to the job as film boss, Needham brings a silly but energized sensibility to the production and an action man's need to see things moving. But he also has a distinctive feeling for relationships, and he's good with a joke. Put all that together, and Smokey is, at the very least (and unlike its sequels), a simple and original pleasure. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • The Redneck choice for Oscar
    This movie is the video equivalent of Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It is the pinnacle of Southern movies.

    The language in the original is pretty bad and it's continuous, and the edited version was obviously done by a butcher, so I wish they would come out with a new middle-of-the-road version....more info

  • always a winner
    No matter how many times we watch this movie we always laugh and feel good afterwards! Great actors, great action, great laughs!...more info
  • Gettin' "smoked" by the Bandit...
    Man, I musta seen this movie a zillion times on network TV when I was but a wee `Norch. `Course, the network version was sanitized for my protection, and I never saw the original uncensored version until recently, when I decided to give this here DVD a look. While I found the whole deal (complete with tons of CB lingo, silly slapstick humor, the surprisingly inventive wrecking of many a patrol car, and some rather... colorful southern-fried insults from Jackie Gleason as the relentless and buffoonish Sheriff Buford T. Justice) fairly amusing, I didn't get a really big laugh outta any of the shenanigans. Maybe a decent-sized grin from time to time, but no big chuckles. And, to my disappointment, the "new" naughty language didn't add all that much to my amusement.

    All in all, "Smokey & the bandit" is a pretty good flick to watch once every couple years, but it ain't quite a "keeper" to add to my video cabinet.

    `Late...more info
  • Jackie Gleason in his original glory.
    If you're tired of watching Gleason's great lines from this movie being dubbed over or if you've never seen anything but the tv version of this film, get this DVD! You can't dubb Jackie Gleason. He's hilarious! But, most of his magic was in the delivery, which is lost in the made-for-tv versions....more info
  • Surprisingly depthful at points
    Like when the Bandit admits to Carrie as all these patrol cars and helicopters are pursuing him and her that he didn't intend for all this to happen. Also, Carrie asks him if he was ever in any school plays (as the Bandit shows off so well)....more info
    This is most definitely in my top 10 not only for the car chases and wrecks, but for the fact that Mr. Jackie Gleason, Lord rest him, had all the best scenes and the best lines: "There's no way, no way that you could come from my loins. Soon as I get home the first thing I'm gonna do is punch your momma in the mouth". As for families who don't want to hear alot of profanity or if you just get a kick out of hearing Gleason sound like Fred Flintstone, watch the edited version on TV. But if you really want to SEE it and bonus features too, this is a must-have....more info
  • Not as good as Stroker Ace but better than the 3rd and 2nd in this franchise!
    Burt Reynolds signature film but not as
    funny to me after the first time I saw
    it in the theatre. Number three is slightly
    better than weird number Two that has Reed,
    Reynolds, Sally and Dom DeLuise(!) tranporting
    elephant to Dallas for Republican Party meeting!...more info
  • they don't make road movies like this anymore
    Like many,I grew up with this movie & it has to be the best road movie of all time, others have tried to duplicate it(Thelma&Louise,Midnight Run), but none have had the intensity that this one has, I seriously doubt a film like this would be made today, It is not very politically correct to say the least, & is dated, but hey, this was 1977, a time when Hollywood WAS NOT AFRAID TO TAKE CHANCES, Burt Reynolds & Sally Field(boy, was she hot then)had great chemistry & was cast perfectly & who could ever forget Jackie Gleason's obsession with capturing the Bandit, Jerry Reed also has great one-liners, & that TRANS-AM, man I haven't seen a car like it since, It must have been the only one of its kind, other Trans-am's had a different front-end, who didn't want to be the Bandit in 1977, the 2nd biggest film behind STAR WARS in 1977, with a real southern country feel to it, highly recommended...more info
  • Great Movie
    This picture was made in 1977 and it was a hit right from the start. Burt Reynolds plays the role of the Bandit, Jerry Reed plays the role of the Snowman, and Sally Fields plays the role of Carrie. The Bandit needs money so he takes an offer to move a Semi truck load of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia within 48 hours and if he does he'll get $80,000 dollars. The Bandit needs one thing and that's a driver for the semi so enters the Snowman. The Snowman is fine with this but he wants to know who's going to distract Smokey Bear. That's when Bandit drives out the back with a super charge car. After getting the beer and heading towards Atlanta the Bandit passes a woman in her wedding dress and picks her up. , Bandit unwittingly picks up Carrie, a hitchhiking bride-to-be who just left her groom, Junior, at the altar. Junior, however, is the son of Sheriff Buford T. Justice. And when Buford and Junior discover what has happened, they go on a "high-speed pursuit" across the Southeast to catch the bandit. The stakes get hotter and the car chases get crazier in this hysterical romp through the American highways. Charismatic performances by Reynolds and Gleason made this a huge box office draw. I give this picture 5 weasel stars for not only its action but the comedy also.

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  • Thanks!
    This was the final part for my time machine! See you all in the future!!!...more info
  • So what if it AIN'T "Shakespeare"
    I left Georgia, somewhat under "duress," right as the Millenium changed, and I swore I'd never look back - until I saw "Smokey & The Bandit" one night - LATE night - on television. Watching the familiar schticks and seeing familiar landscape - well, it brought a tear to my eye. As ARS sang, "The boy's homesick." Don't watch "Smokey, etc" if you're expecting brilliant cinema (nor even "film noir," for THAT matter.) This is pure, undiluted escapism, both Sally & Burt were at their physical peak, Jackie Gleason, in one of his last roles, absolutely steals the movie as mushwitted Sheriff Buford T. Justice, and the plot - forget the plot: Burt and Jerry Reed pick up some Coors in Texas and truck it back to Atlanta. This movie is like "Raising Arizona," "Modern Problems," "Heartbreak Hotel" (there are, of course, others); It's better than Prozac and cheaper too. ...more info
  • Smokey & the Bandit Special Edition DVD
    This DVD was received in fine condition, we liked the cover with its 3D type look. As for the movie we were disappointed that it contained far more foul language than we had thought it did, I guess we had been watching the TV version. I would not recommend this version to families with young children due to the type of language used throughout the entire film. After this experience we will now be looking for those cleaned up versions!...more info
  • Fun film. Widescreen chops the picture
    Being a huge fan, first in childhood when the Corvette and Trans Am were THE COOLEST cars, and later in teen years when I became a real car buff, I not only own several model Trans Ams, a real back/gold "Bandit" Trans Am, a Trans Am Firehawk, but also the VHS and first two DVD releases of this movie (Smokey I and Pursuit Pack)both of which are widescreen to my disgust.
    Everyone knows the premise of this show by now. Certainly not a great movie by movie standards but a very fun and funny film with impressive car stunts.
    I am firmly against converting old movies like this to so-called "widescreen" by chopping off the top and bottom in order to give it the wide aspect ratio. Watch it on cable or VHS and then the DVD and you'll start to see you are losing part of the image. Observe the Trans Am ramp onto the football field and on the "widescreen" DVDs the car actually goes off the bottom part of the screen! If it was shot for full screen leave it that way!
    I'd like to buy the Special Edition version for the attractive packaging and commentary but cringe as it appears to only be offered in widescreen. It would be nice if they ever included the additional footage that the cable broadcasts have as bonus footage or something.
    It would also be nice if they discuss what this movie did for Pontiac Motor Division. It not only spiked Firebird sales significantly for 1977, more for '78, but in '79 drove them to a record high when more than 200,000 Firebirds were sold and over half were Trans Ams. Burt has been called their best salesperson. The newly kindled interest in performance cars brought about by this film helped Corvette and Camaro sales, too. Furthermore, had it not been for Smokey's great success, it is likely there would have been no Dukes of Hazzard.
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  • Fans Beware of little thing.
    Transfer looks fine, has some cool extras, but they changed the sound of the car. I've seen this movie 3,294 times or more, and I know it inside/out. A major sell for me as a kid was the car in the movie.

    Though the original sound of the car in the movie was totally dubbed to make the car sound better (and sound like s stick-shift, while the car in the movie is clearly shown to be an automatic). The Special edition version tones it down and makes it sound.. ... I dunno. Bleh. Not loud, not cool. Not the Bandits Trans Am.

    I'd stick with the regular DVD if you are as [...] about the film as I am.

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  • Excellent Audio. Good Picture.
    This is one of the top movies of the 1970's. In 1977 when it was released it was the 2nd most popular film of the year, just behind Star Wars. It is also one of my favorite car chase movies. Funny as hell and one of Burt Reynolds best. Jackie Gleasons Sheriff Bufford T Justice is also a riot. He should have gotten a best supporting actor oscar for his performance. Whenever he is on in a scene he steals it completely. Sally Field and Jerry Reed also give good performances. They portray the hitch hiking girl that the bandit(Reynolds) picks up, and as the bandits best friend respectively. I am very pleased with this dvd. The remastered picture blows away the previous edition of this film on dvd. Although I find it clean with no scratches or dirt, I also found that the picture was slightly grainy. The audio has also been remastered with very good 5.1 dolby digital and dts sound. It has good spacious sound and good deep bass response. Package also includes a documentary on the making of the film and cb talk tutorial with a real trucker. If its your first time seeing this film, you will enjoy it very much. Everyone was in top form here. And there are some very funny moments and spectacular auto action. If you want to upgrade from the previous release on dvd, it is definitely worth the investment. There are enough good reasons to buy this new special edition dvd. Recommended....more info
  • 68 Extra Fat and 12 Dwarf...
    This movie has always held a special place in my heart, and there is no better movie to take with you on a road trip than this here (although there are very few watching any HDDVD's in a moving vehicle, I'm sure). Having owned this on VHS and DVD, I thought it might be silly to repurchase this again. How much improvement could be made? Amazingly, this copy is wonderful. The picture and colors are crisp as can be, the sound of the Trans Am peeling out is uncanny, and I have never enjoyed this movie better. The special features (which I believe may be holdovers from the special edition) are worth watching too. Get this while they still have some to sell, it is worth it!...more info
  • Five star film, horrible DVD.
    The transfer on the DVD looks like it's from a laserdisc print. The colors are faded, and the picture is too soft. Also, the disc is non-anamorphic and doesn't include any extras. Two thumbs way down for the DVD. This film would be a perfect candidate for a two disc special edition DVD with a remastered picture and sound track....more info
  • smokie and the bandit se
    too many cut senes should have bought the reg edition...more info
  • Silly, Implausible, Irresistible - a Real Guilty Pleasure
    I guess this is the sort of movie that separates us less-cultured folks from the rest of y'all, but I'm not ashamed to say I love it. I don't think any single movie line has ever made me laugh so much as

    "Son, there ain't no way you coulda come from my loins. When I get home, I'm gonna punch yore momma in the mouth!"

    Burt, Sally, Jerry were great, and Jackie Gleason was AWESOME! The premise is pretty lame, and law-abiding citizens should be incensed that the Bandit has a 'complete lacka respect fo' auTHORity (Gleason)', but you root for him nonetheless. I know my parents used their CBs with pride (told ya I lack culture) when this movie came out. It very nearly rivaled the hit song "Convoy" for influence on the CB generation.

    There honestly isn't a politically correct, socially redeeming, spiritually uplifting moment in this movie. It's tacky, barely-above-B-grade, and so testosterone-laden that no one who aspires to anything higher than belching contests should like it, but you will if you give it a chance. Fun characters, lots of low humor, stylish car chases, and a terrific soundtrack make this a wonderful movie to see. ......more info

  • Good Service, On Time Delivery
    No problems with shipment, received product without nreasonable delay and in good condition....more info
  • A Really Great 70's Flick
    I caught the tail end of this movie on cable a couple of weeks ago and it took me back almost 30 years ago when first I saw it in the theater. I was 15 and was with my whole family at the movie theater and I remember cringing at every swear word because my mom was with us. It seemed like a lot of profanity back then, but these days you'd hardly notice it.

    I also remember how great of a movie it was and just had to go out and get it for my DVD collection. Well I got it yesterday and watched it last night, and even 30 years later it's still a great movie. One thing to remember is that it seems like the late 70's and early 80's were filled with movies and TV shows like this (Dukes of Hazzard ring any bells?), but Smokey and the Bandit was the first, the original, and Hal Needham deserves alot of credit for single-handedly creating a whole genre, or at least a sub-genre.

    Smokey and the Bandit was a fresh movie when it came out and immensely sucessful. It came out at the height of the CB Radio craze when virtually every one was putting a CB in their cars and trucks. My Dad had one in our van and another friend of mine's Dad had one in his truck and we used to hang out in one of our driveways for hours talking away with whoever was on the CB. Of course we had to memorize the list of "10" codes, and every CB radio came with a laminated list, so you learned that 10-4 meant affirmative, 10-20 meant location, 10-10 meant taking a break, and so on.

    And so the CB was a big part of Smokey and the Bandit, and so were the Jerry Reed songs like "Eastbound and Down" that made up the soundtrack. And speaking of Jerry Reed, how great was he as Cledus carrying Fred the Basset Hound around eveywhere in the truck?

    Sally Field as the runaway bride picked up by the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) was a perfect role for her. And Burt Reynolds was probably the most popular movie star of the 70's. The repartee between the Bandit and Frog (Sally Fields) character was funny and perfect. "You have a really nice profile." "Yeah, I do, don't I... especially from the side." Watching Smokey and the Bandit reminds me of why Burt Reynolds was so popular during the 70's.

    And then the coup of the casting was getting Jackie Gleason to play Sheriff Buford T. Justice who chases the Bandit from Terxarkana all the way back to Atlanta Georgia. Gleason is phenomenal in the role and ad-libbed a good part of his lines. Telling his inept son Junior in a perfect southern drawl, "There is no way, just no way you came from my loins. When we get home, I'm going to punch yo mama right in the mouth."

    And the car, I can't mention the other actors without mentioning the other star of the show, that fantastic black Pontiac Trans Am with the 6.6 liter V-8, the T-tops and the giant golden Eagle on the hood. That car was made for the movie and sales of Pontiac Trans Ams increased 700% solely because of the movie. Everyone wanted a car like the Bandit's.

    Sure parts of the movie are a little cheesy, but it has a whole lot of redeeming qualities as well. It's not a film for intellectuals, but it's a great movie for watching with friends on a Saturday night with pizza and beer. Watching it in widescreen again was wonderful too, it's really shows off the cars and the stunts a lot better.

    If you're looking to build a good solid movie collection, you need some good ones from the 70's and Smokey and the Bandit is one of the best comedies of its era. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Smokey, Bandit, Frog, Fred and The Snowman RULE
    I LOVED this movie as a kid and still do.

    HEY Universal, What Happened to The Original Version of Smokey and the Bandit 3, Titled---Smokey IS The Bandit.
    I'd LOVE To see that, But the STUPID Preview Audiences Blew it for ALL of us.

    How could Preview Audiences be CONFUSED with Gleson playing a Double Role in The Original Version of Part 3, When he played a TRIPLE Roll in Smokey and the Bandit 2??

    RELEASE Smokey IS the Bandit, PLEASE....more info
  • A Perfect Fit For The '70s
    Like a lot of the comedies of the '70s, this is funny, irreverent, profane, anti-establishment and fun for its day but a little stupid now. When we were young in this period, Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and the rest was about as entertaining as it got for comedy-romance-adventure.

    Jerry Reed also added to the likability of this film, not only with his sidekick role but his catchy movie title song that people still hum to this day.

    As an old-timer, it was kind of sad to hear Jackie Gleason, of "Ralph Kramden"/Honeymooners fame, spew out religious profanities left and right. Gleason isn't funny in here; he's disgusting.

    Otherwise, the film was low-brow funny and a big, big hit in its day.
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  • So what happened to the R-Rated version?
    I absolutly love this movie, but I can't give it 5 stars until someone digs out the "Original" R-Rated version of this classic! I remember when this movie was first released with a R rating and ran 2 hours long. After the movie took off, it was edited to 96 minutes and a PG rating so kids could see the film. At least 15 to 20 minutes of R Rated footage exist somewhere in the vaults of Universal studios. Am I the only one that wants the uncut version? I sure hope not....more info

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  • The Burt Reynolds Comedy CLASSIC!
    I first saw this movie in 1979 when I was 14 years old and I thought at the time it was the COOLEST movie on earth. I mean seriously, what 14 year old boy ISN'T going to LOVE the CLASSIC Trans-Am, the CUTE girl (Sally Field) FUNNY sheriff (Jackie Gleason) and Jerry Reed music!

    It's got it all. I want to mention that there is a scene in this movie that for me, is one of the GREATEST EVER! I'm speaking of the scene where after getting beat up by a bunch of bikers at a truck stop, Cledus drives his semi over their motorcycles DESTROYING them! Like the attendant says "Far Out!"

    "Smokey and the Bandit" is the movie Burt Reynolds will be remembered for, along with his other CLASSIC "The Longest Yard". A comedy CLASSIC!

    You can believe this or not, but legend has it that this was Alfred Hitchcock's favorite movie!...more info
  • Smokey and The Bandit 1977 -Special Edtion
    Get ready to tear up the highway with The Bandit (Burt Reynolds 1936 - ) fun-loving, fast-talking trucker who takes on his craziest haul yet -delivering 400 cases of bear from Texarkana to atlanta in just 28 hours . With Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason 1916-1987) hot on this trail eager to teach him some respect for the law , the bandit joins forces with good old boy Cledus (Jerry Reed 1937 - ) and run away bride Carrie (Sally Fields 1946 - ). Gear up for huge laughs , pedal-to-the-metal action , and some of the wildest car crashes ever filmed . All-New Special edition with digitally remastered picture and 5.1 surround sound audio . High Quality transfer . Recommended . ...more info