DeliveranceDirector: John Boorman
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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Cast & Crew
|Jon Voight||Ed Gentry|
|Burt Reynolds||Lewis Medlock|
|Ned Beatty||Bobby Trippe|
|Ronny Cox||Drew Ballinger|
|Bill McKinney||Mountain Man|
|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|
|Macon McCalman||Deputy Queen|
|Charley Boorman||Ed's Boy|
|Herbert Coward||Toothless Man|
|Bill Butler||Camera Operator|
|Walter Goss||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Fred Harpman||Art Director|
|Al Jennings||Asst. Director|
|Louis Mann||Production Designer|
|John Mansbridge||Production Designer|
|Bucky Rous||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Doug Turner||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Marcel Vercoutere||Special Effects|
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I foolishly took my pregnant wife to this, based on the poster looking like a Disney travelogue. She has never forgiven me for that trauma. We came out of the theater in a state like after JAWS: never going near the water again, backwoods river or deep blue sea.
A fitting movie for the savage era of violence in Vietnam and the deepening cynicism of Nixon's White House. This is like the Heart of Darkness transplanted into Appalachia Georgia. Four city professionals are supposed to enjoy a nice casual vacation, but the locals have other ideas. The rape scene was barbaric, even by today's standards. A haunting look into the real meaning of man when confronted by evil circumstances. Unfortunately, when encountered by such a predicament, all men would react in the same vein. James Dickey hits to the heart of the savagery that lies in every human heart. A great movie in tanden with Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.
I watched the movie years ago and thought it was great. But the river is called the Chattooga (not Chatoga) and isn't that in South Carolina? Anyway, it's a great movie, you can't help but be a little squeemish about it, but it's a true classic!
This is a great movie. Many people remember it only for the sodomey scene but it is so much more. The filming and acting are fantastic. The banjo scene in the beginning turned that song into a classic and the inbread mutants are nothing less than terrifying. It really makes you want to go 'out of state to find your next date.' And of course the classic line 'squeel like a pig' will go down in history as one of those lines that define a movie.
It's a good movie. Buy it! it's cheap!
excellent movie that i had not seen in ages thank god for barnes and noble!
The BluRay DVD is great for the beauty of the scenery. Of course, the story line has not changed.
It's called the Cahulawassee, and it's fictional. The Chattooga River in Georgia was the filmimg location.