Smokey and the Bandit

  • PG
  • Hal Needham (1977)
  • US
  • 91 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. Bandit is a maverick driver who never refuses a challenge, and no cop - or "smokey" - is going to stop him. However, Sheriff Buford T Justice has other ideas, and the chase is on as the Bandit and his friends try to get a truckload of illicit beer from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia.

Cast and crew


Burt Reynolds
Sally Field
Sheriff Buford T Justice
Jackie Gleason
Cledus Snow
Jerry Reed
Junior Justice
Mike Henry
Little Enos Burdette
Paul Williams
Big Enos Burdette
Pat McCormick
Traffic jam patrolman
Alfie Wise
Sheriff Branford
George Reynolds
Mr B
Macon McCalman
Waynette Snow
Linda McClure


Hal Needham

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Cinema International Corp. UK
May be edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG