Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit

Hal Needham (1977)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A smash hit in its day, this marvellously good-natured chase movie features Burt Reynolds as the inimitable, beer trucking "Bandit", outpacing sheriff Jackie Gleason ("Smokey") from state to state by way of a variety of spectacular stunts. Though as much a platform for Coors beer as for stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham, the movie benefits greatly from the real-life, as well as on-screen, sexual chemistry between Reynolds and his vivacious co-star Sally Field. Though it spawned several sequels, none captured the freshness and charm of this terrific original.


A truck driver accepts a challenge to deliver a consignment of beer to a party. He claims he can make the 900-mile round trip in just 28 hours, but a pompous sheriff is determined to stop him in his tracks, not least because his prospective daughter-in-law has deserted his son and hitched a ride with the unlikely hero. Comedy, starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field and Jerry Reed.

Cast & Crew

Bandit Burt Reynolds
Sheriff Buford T Justice Jackie Gleason
Carrie Sally Field
Cledus Snow Jerry Reed
Junior Justice Mike Henry
Little Enos Burdette Paul Williams
Big Enos Burdette Pat McCormick
Sheriff Branford George Reynolds
Director Hal Needham
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cinema International Corp. UKGuidance: May be edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama