R | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
Jon Voight had just played a male gigalo who was treated a sex object and victimized in the big city in Midnight Cowboy. In some ways this is the flip side of the same story; instead of a hayseed going to New York and being used and victimized by the city slickers there; this is the story of a businessman from Atlanta going out into the country and being raped by rednecks. It's the same fish out of water story with sexual victimization and murder being the result.
You w- you wanna... you wanna talk about the vanishing wilderness?
Bobby: Lewis, listen - what are you so anxious about this?
Lewis: Because they're buildin' a dam across the Cahulawassee River; they're gonna flood a whole valley, Bobby, that's why. Dammit, they're...
After the men make it down the river and the locals take care of them, Ed and Bobby have green plaid shirts with white crests on the pockets. Later, the crests disappear.
In the opening credits there is an obvious typo. About the main song first is written: "'Duelling Banjos' Arranged and played by Eric Weissberg with Steve Mandel". Right after that follows "The song 'Dueling Banjos' is an arrangement of the song 'Feudin' Banjos', copyright owner - Combine Music Corp."
A scene was cut from the end of the final movie. A body is dragged from the river and is shown to the three survivors. The body is never shown to camera and you are left to guess the identity of the dead man. The body under the shroud was played by Christopher Dickey, James Dickey's son.