Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

PG   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983) Poster

Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.




  • Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
  • Jackie Gleason in Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
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  • Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
  • Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
  • Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

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13 April 2004 | TheOtherFool
| Lame excuse for a movie
Smokey and the Bandit (part one, that is) was a really funny movie with a great Burt Reynolds. But this time around, almost everything goes wrong. Almost...

Because there is this one scene at the beginning of the movie as Jackie Gleason spoofs 'Patton', and I loved that part (as I love Patton), but that's about all the joy this movie gave me...

Cledus 'the snowman' is the bandit in this one, as Burt Reynolds turned it down (and rightfully so), but he's so awful it's hard to describe. If he'd said 'I am the bandit, I am the bandit' one more time I would've slapped him in the face.

As everybody deserves a good slapping after making this one. One question left: What were they thinking?


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Did You Know?


The stunt driver double for Jerry Reed is a heavy-set man in contrast to Reed's slim build. This is because in an earlier version of the film, Jackie Gleason also played the role of the Bandit. The man was Gleason's double.


Buford T. Justice: Oof!
Girl at Picnic: What's wrong, Sheriff?
Buford T. Justice: I haven't seen anything like that since I was a little baby.


During Cledus' initial drive of the Trans-Am, he drives past some farm girls and waves out of the open roof at them. One interior shot of him waving shows him sitting on the right-hand side of the car, immediately followed by an exterior shot of him screeching to a halt which shows him sitting on the left-hand side of the car. Either the film was reversed, or the film makers used a mix of left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive cars.

Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a cast montage consisting of the movie's footage appear on the right side of the screen, with a still photo of Buford T. Justice saluting. After the credits and the picture fade out, the "This Motion Picture" disclaimer appears on the left side of the screen, even though there is nothing else taking up space.

Alternate Versions

The new scenes added for USA include the following:

  • After the Enos' have paid off the Latinos, there's a shot of Buford driving his police car past 3 fishermen on a bridge. One of them casts his line off and ends up catching his line on the fish Buford's got on his roof. The fisherman shouts "Whoa!" to try and stop Buford from driving off with his line, but the car keeps going and ends up dragging all of the fishermen's gear with them.
  • One scene comes when Buford runs out of gas. Junior is shown pushing the car up to a gas station pump. Out of breath, he asks an attendant "Can I use your bathroom? I have to go number 1 real bad!". The attendant walks over to Buford's side of the car and makes a remark in Spanish about the fish on his roof. "Just fill the tank Pancho Villa!" Buford says. The attendant obliges. This is followed by a long far away shot of the Enos' caddy driving through a country road and Little Enos saying "Daddy? I feel good! I feel playful!" and Big Enos replying, "Well you sound playful too son!". Then we're back to Buford in the gas station who is polishing up his glasses. Meanwhile 3 masked bandits have held up the place and are running off with money. One of them drops a sack of it and Buford tells him, "Hey good buddy! You dropped your bag!". The bandit grabs it and Buford waves good bye to him. Junior then rushes out to Buford and says, "Hey daddy! Daddy! Did you see those guys?". "Yeah," replies Buford. "There must be a ski resort in town!".
  • The scene where Cletus picks up Dusty has extended dialogue between the two of them explaining why Cletus is dressed like the Bandit.
  • In the scene with Cletus talking to Mother Trucker, there are different camera angles used in relation to those seen on the Home Video version. Also most of the music is missing.
  • There are a few extra shots and different angles of Cletus getting chased by Buford in the construction area.
  • There are different angles shown in the scene where Cletus gets food for Dusty at a biker bar.
  • One scene is added when the tow truck with Junior hanging on the back rears back out of the alley. We see the Enos' Cadillac is outside as well. The two Enos' are both reading newspapers to cover their faces. Big Enos puts his paper down to grin and say "Looks like Officer Higgins and Tow Truck Charlie are DEFINITELY on the case!" followed by Little Enos lowering his newspaper and humming the theme to Dragnet.
  • While at the Come On Inn, many scenes were re-shot and some scenes added to take out the amount of sexual humor and or behavior.
  • Once scene has Dusty talking to Cletus in their room with more dialogue such as thanking him in "renewing my faith in the American man".
  • When Buford suggests killing "2 possums with 1 rock," there's added dialogue with him asking Junior for a pair of handcuffs.
  • One scene shows Buford trying to handcuff who he thinks is the Bandit while in a steam room.
  • One scene has the cowgirl; Tina talking sultrily to Buford after he has handcuffed her.
  • Buford has more dialogue after Junior tells him if he keeps the key to the handcuffs with him he might lose it. "Junior, with or without the keys, you lost it. You lost it a long time ago!"
  • One scene shows Buford, Junior, and Tina trying to get untangled from one another after falling out the steam room window along with Junior trying to lift the fish off of Buford.
  • When the Enos' pull out of the parking lot of the hotel, there is a different camera angle.
  • There's extended dialogue from Buford while he tells Junior that he's finished being an officer. "There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who are born to be pursuers and those who are born to be pursuees. As long as I can remember, I've always been born to be a pursuer. Lord knows I've caught my share."
  • When Cletus crashes through the gate, there's different dialogue.
  • The scene where Buford's talking to the Real Bandit played by Burt Reynolds, the scene has been extended greatly.
  • There's an extra shot of the Enos' having their picture taken with their fish.


The Legend Of The Bandit
Written and Performed by
Lee Greenwood


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Comedy | Crime

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,728,060 14 August 1983

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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