realize that the original Smokey and the Bandit movie,
arguably the best, was released in 1977, but we cannot
forget that Smokey and the Bandit II was released in
1980, and then Smokey and the Bandit III in 1983.
Focusing on the original, it starred Burt Reynolds as Bo
Darville (the Bandit), Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford
T. Justice, Jerry Reed as Cledus Snow, and Sally Field
as Carrie. Although the movie received mixed reviews,
it was a huge hit at the theatre box office. The
sequels featured the same cast, but mostly negative
reviews. The 1980 release was moderate success
financially, but the 1983 version was a flop.
the original movie, some rich guys from Georgia wanted
to get their hands on a truck load of Coors beer from
Texas, which at the time was unavailable in Georgia due
to alcohol distribution permit issues. Every other
attempt had been thwarted by “Smokey” (the Highway
Patrol). They agree to pay Bo Darville (Reynolds) a
large sum of money to make the run from Texas. Darville
hires his friend, Cledus (Reed) to drive the truck,
while Darville drives around in a fast 1977 Pontiac
Trans Am to draw police attention away from the truck.
After picking up a hitchhiker named Carrie (Fields),
Darville ends up betting on the radar of Sheriff Buford
T. Justice (Gleason), since Carrie was to be wed to his
they make their way from Texas to Georgia, they not only
run into various troubles with the local fuzz, but they
also get help from a cast of colorful local characters
who want to see them succeed. In the end, the boys make
it to Georgia before time runs out, and then accept a
new job for double or nothing to get clam chowder from
Boston to Georgia in 18 hours.