Deliverance (1972)

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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.


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2 October 2000 | Huge
A true classic
This is without a doubt one of the best movies I have ever seen; a chilling account of a doomed canoe trip that will haunt your memory for years to come. It is disheartening to read the number of negative reviews for this excellent film, which I can only attribute to the one-dimensional nature of today's uber-blockbusters. It seems that the finer subtleties of good filmmaking present in Deliverance are lost on today's generation of moviegoers whose cinematic palates have been cloyed with multi-million-dollar special effects, unimaginative dialogue, mindless violence and saccharine plots. Every aspect of this movie has been wonderfully choreographed and combine to create a film that goes well beyond mere entertainment, simultaneously shocking and challenging the audience.

Everything that occurs in this movie serves a poignant purpose; the creators focus on quality rather than quantity. The plot, which seems simple enough, gradually takes on an eerily disturbing nature. The dialogue is sparse, but screenwriters and director use it as a strength, allowing events and cinematography to speak volumes about the characters. The violence, though disturbing, also acts as an integral piece of the film. The scenery is spectacular and Deliverance makes some of the best use of foreshadowing and silence I've ever seen in a movie.

Few movies leave such an impression on the viewer. To this day, I can't hear "Dueling Banjos"--or just about any banjo music for that matter--without thinking of this movie. Nor can I help but feel this movie doomed Ned Beatty's acting career (after seeing this film, every time you see Ned Beatty in any other role, you can't help but remember the infamous riverbank scene). Even people who have never seen the movie know the ghastly meaning of the words "squeal like a pig".

It is truly worth taking the time to see this film. It is an excellent treatise of the human reaction when challenged with fear, danger and adventure.

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Lewis: 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...


Goofs

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.


Crazy Credits

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."


Alternate Versions

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.


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Moonshiner
Bob Dylan

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Genres

Adventure | Drama | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,534

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