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Beer on DVD  no32

Smokey and the Bandit

"Breaker One-Nine, this is Rubber Ducky and all that stuff": hold on to your seat for what has to be one of the greatest vehicle chase movies of all time, though as a Brit you may find it useful to turn your subtitles on! It gets a review in our mag because state revenue laws in the US, certainly at the time the film was made, restricted the traffic of certain liquor across certain state lines. It stars Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. Reynolds plays Bandit who accepts $80,000 to bring 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarcana, Texas to a rodeo in Georgia. Sally Field is the delicious (in a "Felicity Kendal as Barbara Good" kind of way) Carrie, who has just stood up gormless oaf Junior Justice at the altar. She needs a lift to anywhere, and fast! Junior's daddy just happens to be Sheriff Buford T Justice, the Smokey (Highway Patrolman) of the story. If y'aint seen the movie I won't spoil it by telling you what happens to Buford T's car. Bandit's job is to act as a decoy, creating mayhem driving his Pontiac Trans-Am like a lunatic, whilst his buddy Cledus "Snowman" Snow plus a bassett hound called Fred, storms along the highways in their big rig (38 foot trailer), with 28 hours to do the 1324 miles round trip. Suspend your disbelief as those wide low American cars cut off the highway across rough terrain without ripping their mufflers and sumps off. Somehow despite causing countless slapstick pile-ups of pursuing police cars the Trans-Am gets through unscathed (truth is they actually wrote off 3 of 5 of them in the filming even though they were reinforced!) Oddly none of the cops who flag the big rig down, ask to take a look at that illegal cargo.

The language is a tad ripe at times, but there are just so many prize phrases - you'll have your own favourites.

My copy was 1.99 including postage for a nearly new one from play.com's PlayTrade section.

reviewed in  O-to-K Summer 2011 text RKW