Director: John Boorman Cast: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty
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Strike up the banjo for this DVD release about four men canoeing in the Cahulawassee River, with deadly results. One of most gruesome films of its time in 1972, the film still stands as an education in classic thriller filmmaking. The DVD presentation is a decent one, but doesn't truly take advantage of the digital medium. "The Dangerous World of Deliverance" is a ten-minute studio-produced press kit promo on the film and its making as discussed by director John Boorman. What's most interesting about this promo is that it was made back in 1972, and is less sales-ish and more educational than similar promos made today. The DVD's official behind-the-scenes section unfortunately is really nothing more than a montage of text boxes and still photos. Presented in both full-screen and widescreen, the film is not a new transfer, although the audio is Dolby Digital (5:1). For such a seminal film, Warner Bros. could have spent much more time on producing a polished DVD.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
UPC: 0085391544524
Original Release: 1972
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:49:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary "The Dangerous World of Deliverance"; Production notes; 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 A. 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

Scene Index

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0. Jump to a Scene
1. Last chance (Credits) [2:55]
2. "You don't know nothin' " [2:37]
3. Dueling Banjos [4:11]
4. Negotiations [3:38]
5. Speeding to the river [3:54]
6. Pushing off [2:48]
7. Banjo boy on the bridge [1:16]
8. First taste of rapids [4:26]
9. The game: survival [1:55]
10. Around the campfire [4:40]
11. An arrow misses the mark [3:55]
12. Ed and Bobby downriver: a wrong turn [5:28]
13. Reason to squel [4:28]
14. An arrow hits the mark [3:35]
15. Where's the law? [6:47]
16. Burial [3:24]
17. Capsized! [4:14]
18. "Now you get to play the game" [4:58]
19. Ed's ascent [4:38]
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. Visiting Lewis [2:08]
29. A warning [3:21]
30. Yielding the dead; End Credits [2:57]

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Deliverance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good movie. Buy it! it's cheap!
chrisforever More than 1 year ago
excellent movie that i had not seen in ages thank god for barnes and noble!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The BluRay DVD is great for the beauty of the scenery. Of course, the story line has not changed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's called the Cahulawassee, and it's fictional. The Chattooga River in Georgia was the filmimg location.