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.
Author James Dickey gave Burt Reynolds a few days of bow and arrow lessons. By the end, Reynolds was quite proficient.
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...
When the men bury the first body, the man's chest briefly rises and falls like he's breathing. Later, when Ed pushes the second body into the river, the dead man's fingers adjust their grip on the rock, and his arms move slightly.
The end credits only show the cast and a notice of where the location of the film was shot and the special thanks, which rolls over a shot of Ed and his wife laying down trying to sleep. It also shows the shot of the lake where the hand ascended up out of the water and the final credit reads 'Distributed by WARNER BROS'
The scene in which Ned Beatty is raped, has been entirely cut for German video and TV versions in order to show the movie at prime time (which requires a rating of "12" or lower). Therefore, some of the following dialogue and subtle references seem to be incoherent. The German DVD version ("Beim Sterben ist jeder der Erste") is fully uncensored. (Warner Home Video; released on January 26, 2000.) Since 2005 the movie is shown on TV uncut!