Smokey and the Bandit Truck

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Smokey and the Bandit (Truck)   ( Kenworth W-900 )  1974

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Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Bandit accepts a bet and recruits his best friend and fellow truck driver Cledus ‘Snowman’ Snow (Jerry Reed) to drive the truck, promising to buy him a new truck with the proceeds. Snowman brings along his dog, a Basset Hound named ‘Fred’, for company. After requesting an advance from the Burdettes for a ‘speedy car’, Bandit purchases a black Pontiac Trans Am, which he will drive as a ‘blocker’ car to deflect attention away from the truck and its illegal cargo.

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Cast

Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds
Bandit
Sally Field Sally Field
Carrie
Jerry Reed Jerry Reed
Cledus
Mike Henry Mike Henry
Junior
Paul Williams Paul Williams
Little Enos
       

Jerry Reed – Eastbound and Down

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

Keep your foot hard on the pedal. Son, never mind them brakes.
Let it all hang out ’cause we got a run to make.
The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there’s beer in Texarcana.
And we’ll bring it back no matter what it takes.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

Ol’ Smokey’s got them ears on and he’s hot on your trail.
He aint gonna rest ’til you’re in jail.
So you got to dodge ‘im and you got to duck ‘im,
You got to keep that diesel truckin’.
Just put that hammer down and give it hell.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

Shortly after leaving for Georgia, Bandit picks up professional dancer and runaway bride Carrie (Sally Field), whom he nicknames ‘Frog’ because she is ‘always hoppin’ around’ (in a panic). However, by picking up Carrie, Bandit becomes the target of Texas Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), ‘a respectable law officer of over thirty years seniority’, whose handsome yet very simple-minded son Junior (Mike Henry) was to have been Carrie’s groom before she ran away from the ceremony.

The theme music, ‘East Bound and Down’, was sung and co-written by Reed (credited under his birth name, Jerry Hubbard) and Dick Feller. It became Reed’s signature song and is found on multiple albums, including Country Legends and his live album Jerry Reed: Live Still. 

Release date: 26 August 1977 (United Kingdom)
Director: Hal Needham
Box office: 300 million USD
Budget: 4.3 million USD
Runtime: 96 min

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Rastar Pictures,

Bandit: For the good old American life: For the money, for the glory, and for the fun… mostly for the money.

It is about 1,100 miles from Atlanta to Boston (one-way). To get there and back in 18 hours would require an average speed of about 120 mph.

Cledus Snow: [to Fred, his hound] He about as crazy as you are ugly!

This movie made the Pontiac Trans Am a superstar. Trans Am sales jumped from 68,745 in 1977 to 93,341 in 1978. And just one year later that number swelled to 117,108 units sold.

QUIZ

What was the Brand of Beer that The Bandit managed to bootleg to Georgia. With fellow truck driver Cledus ‘Snowman’ Snow.?

  • CORRECT

    Coors

     

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