Deliverance
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Deliverance

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Director: John Boorman

Cast: John Boorman, Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty

     
 

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Adapted from James Dickey's popular novel, John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia. At the behest of Iron John-esque Lewis (Burt Reynolds), the less adventuresome Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) agree to canoe down an uncharted… See more details below

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Overview

Adapted from James Dickey's popular novel, John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia. At the behest of Iron John-esque Lewis (Burt Reynolds), the less adventuresome Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) agree to canoe down an uncharted section of the river before a dam project ruins the region. After warnings from the grimy, impoverished locals, and Drew's tuneful yet ominous "Dueling Banjos" encounter with a mute inbred boy, the four men embark on their trip, exulting in the beauty of nature and the initial thrill of the rapids. The next day, however, things begin to take a turn for the worse when Bobby and Ed decide to rest on shore after becoming separated from Lewis and Drew. Two rifle-wielding mountain men (Bill McKinney and Herbert "Cowboy" Coward) emerge from the woods, tying up Ed while one of them rapes Bobby and makes him "squeal like a pig." Lewis and Drew rescue them, but the attack irrevocably changes the tenor of the journey. As the river gets rougher and rougher, the men come to nightmarish grips with what it means to survive outside the safety net of "civilization."

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It's too bad that this film has become better known for one disturbing scene of man-to-man sexual violence than as a whole film, because Deliverance is one of the best stories about men pushed to their physical and emotional limits ever put onscreen. The movie has great action, drama, and suspense in a fascinating backwoods setting that enhances all three. Moreover, its Heart of Darkness-like storyline engages big questions of civilization versus instinct and morality versus necessity. Deliverance is directed with tense precision by John Boorman from a strong screenplay by James Dickey, who had authored the popular book of the same title. Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography is brilliant throughout. He beautifully captures the awe and power of the wilderness and expresses visually what the unfortunate canoeists come to learn: that nature, like the folks who inhabit it, can easily shift from serene to sinister. This was Burt Reynolds' breakthrough performance, and it's a showcase for his disarming charm and physical presence. Also impressive in their major film debuts are the two meeker members of the group, the ill-fated Ronny Cox and the nearly-as-ill-fated Ned Beatty. Jon Voight, then the only established star of the bunch, doesn't disappoint, and, through his subtly expressive face, we see how psychologically wounded the men are by their experience. But the real stars, arguably, are the hillbillies, who are frighteningly believable to say the least. Banjo-boy Billy Redden endured two hours of makeup for his cosmetic inbreeding, and while he may not be a household name, his is easily one of the 1970s' most memorable, if brief, cinematic appearances. Just be warned: you'll never listen to a banjo the same way again.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
0085391165125
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
926

Special Features

4-Part 35th-Anniversary Retrospective With the Film's Stars, Director John Boorman and Others, Exploring the Winding Journey From Original Novel Through Production and Release, Including a Look at the Movie's Controversial Abduction Sequence; Commentary by Director John Boorman; Vintage Featurette The Dangerous World of Deliverance; Theatrical Trailer.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Voight Ed Gentry
Burt Reynolds Lewis Medlock
Ned Beatty Bobby Trippe
Ronny Cox Drew Ballinger
Bill McKinney Mountain Man
James Dickey Sheriff
Belinda Beatty Martha Gentry
Seamon Glass First Griner
Ed Ramey Old Man
Billy Redden Lonny, the Banjo Player
Randall Deal Second Griner
Lewis Crone First Deputy
Ken Keener Second Deputy
Johnny Popwell Ambulance Driver
John Fowler Doctor
Macon McCalman Deputy Queen
Charley Boorman Ed's Boy
Herbert Coward Toothless Man

Technical Credits
John Boorman Director,Producer
Bill Butler Camera Operator
James Dickey Screenwriter
Dale Dye Screenwriter
Walter Goss Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Hancock Makeup
Fred Harpman Art Director
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Steve Mandel Songwriter
Louis Mann Production Designer
John Mansbridge Production Designer
Tom Priestley Editor
Bucky Rous Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Turner Sound/Sound Designer
Marcel Vercoutere Special Effects
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Deliverance
1. Last Chance [2:52]
2. Don't Know Nothin' [2:37]
3. "Duelling Banjos" [4:11]
4. Negotiations [3:38]
5. Speed to the River [3:54]
6. Pushing Off [2:48]
7. Banjo Boy [1:16]
8. First Rapids [4:26]
9. The Game: Survival [1:56]
10. Around Campfire [4:40]
11. Arrow Misses Mark [3:55]
12. Wrong Turn [5:28]
13. Reason to Squeal [4:28]
14. Arrow Hits Mark [3:35]
15. Where's the Law? [6:47]
16. Burial [3:24]
17. Capsized! [4:14]
18. Get to Play Game [4:57]
19. Ed's Ascent [4:39]
20. Encounter at Dawn [3:43]
21. Ed's Descent [4:53]
22. No End to It [2:15]
23. The Best of Us [2:10]
24. Raging Rapids [1:56]
25. Our Story [1:45]
26. Civilization [6:22]
27. Questions [3:28]
28. Visitng Lewis [2:10]
29. A Warning [3:22]
30. Yielding the Dead [2:50]

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