Smokey and the Bandit 1.0 stars

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With characters called The Bandit, Mr. Big, and Sheriff Buford T. Justice, you might anticipate allegory, but you get nothing more than Southern-fried Keystone Kops. Sally Field, as a chipper chorus girl fleeing from a shotgun wedding, has a natural sense of humor that gives her role an air of improvisation (her doing tap-steps on the inside of the car windshield is a lovely touch), and she also generates some honest sentiment, in between tire squeals and fender bendings, as she reaches out across cultural barriers to a redneck outlaw who speaks of fun and Waylon Jennings while she speaks of "genius" and Stephen Sondheim. With Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, and Jackie Gleason; directed by Hal Needham. 1977.

Duncan Shepherd

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