Smokey and the Bandit.

Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit   ( Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am )   1977

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Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. It inspired several other trucking films, including two sequels, Smokey and the Bandit II, and Smokey and the Bandit Part 3.

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Cast

Burt ReynoldsBurt Reynolds
Bandit
Sally FieldSally Field
Carrie
Jerry ReedJerry Reed
Cledus
Mike HenryMike Henry
Junior
Paul WilliamsPaul Williams
Little Enos
Pat McCormickPat McCormick
Big 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.

The Pontiac Firebird is an automobile which was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. The Firebird was introduced the same year as the automaker’s platform-sharing model, the Chevrolet Camaro. This coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, which shared its platform with another pony car, the Ford Mustang.

The vehicles were powered by various four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V8 engines sourced from several GM divisions. While primarily Pontiac-powered until 1977, Firebirds were built with several different engines from nearly every GM division until 1982 when GM began to discontinue engines it felt were unneeded and either spread successful designs from individual divisions among all divisions or use new engines of corporate architecture.

The name ‘Firebird’ was also previously used by General Motors for the unrelated concept cars.

Hal Needham asked Jerry Reed to write a theme song for the film. A couple of hours later, Reed presented “East Bound and Down” to Needham. With an acoustic guitar, Reed started to play it and Needham immediately stopped him. Thinking Needham didn’t like it, Reed offered to re-write the song. To which Needham replied: “If you change one note, I’ll kill you!” The song went on to become one of Reed’s biggest hits.

 

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,

Buford T. Justice: Breaker, breaker for the Bandit.
Bandit: Come on back, breaker.
Buford T. Justice: Bandit I got a smokey report for you. Come on!
Bandit: Well, talk to me good buddy.
Buford T. Justice: You got trouble comin…
Bandit: Well what’s your handle son, and what’s your twenty?
Buford T. Justice: My handle’s Smokey Bear and I’m tail-grabbin yo ass right now!

Three Trans-Am cars were used in this movie. Director Hal Needham claims in the DVD documentary that they could barely run towards the end of the film’s production.

 

Buford T. Justice: [Leaning against his car with his gun pointed at Bandit] Well as you can see Bandit, I’ve got my piece in my hand.
‘Bandit’: You’ve got your WHAT in your hand?

A majority of the lines & quotes, spoken by Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Justice were improvised.

 

Checkpoint CharliePolice checkpoint placed to look for intoxicated drivers, drivers with valid licenses, etc. (alludes to the former border crossing between East and West Berlin).
Evel KnievelPolice officer on a motorcycle. (Refers to the popular motorcycle stuntman.)
Gum ball machine/Bubble gum machinePolice vehicle, especially one with the older-style, dome-shaped red rotating/strobe light commonly mounted on the roof of police cars, which resembles a traditional “penny” gumball machine.
Miss PiggyA female police officer. (Refers to the Muppet character, derived from the pejorative term “pig” for police officers.)
Mama bearA less derogatory term for a female police officer.
Papa BearA male Police Supervisor, usually a Sergeant, Lieutenant, or Captain
Baby bearA rookie police officer.
Bear in the airA police aircraft in flight.
BearA police officer.
Bear trapPolice officer running radar.
Bear bite/InvitationA traffic ticket/citation.
Bear’s den/Bear caveA police station.
Bear rolling discosA speeding police car with its lights flashing.
Blue Light SpecialA police vehicle with its blue strobe lights flashing. (Refers to the popular Kmart sale gimmick.)
City kittyA local city police officer.
County mountyA county sheriff or deputy.
Fox in the hen Houseunmarked police vehicle.
Kojak With a KodakPolice Officer running radar.
Bear with earsA police officer monitoring the CB airwaves.
Flying donutA police helicopter.
Chicken coopA scale house (truck scale).
Full grown BearA state police officer.
SmokeyA police officer (refers to Smokey Bear, known for wearing a campaign hat very similar to that included in many highway patrol uniforms in the United States).
Wall-to-wall bearsA large number of police vehicles, especially when on a chase.
Taco StandBorder patrol check stations on Southern routes.

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The nickname Smokey is CB Radio slang for State Patrol Troopers. But Where did the Name Smokey Come From ?

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     Most state uniforms hats are properly called ‘campaign hats’ with a ‘Montana crease’. The hat with that type crease is vintage late 19th century. It was called a ‘Smokey Bear hat’ after the US Forest Service began publishing images (posters) of their mascot wearing one in 1944.

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