Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 10: Georgia (Smokey and the Bandit)

Category: Action/Comedy

Quote of Interest:

“Course we can make it–we ain’t never not made it yet, have we?”

–Bandit

Three words to describe this film/state: 10-4, Good Buddy

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Mr. B, played by Macon McCalman
  • Hot Pants, played by Susan McIver
  • Little Beaver, played by Laura Lizer
  • Sugar Bear, played by Lamar Jackson
  • Baby in Crowd (uncredited), played by James Huffman
  • Trucker with the Redhead (uncredited), played by Ben Jones
  • Leader of the Gang (uncredited), played by Gene Witham

State food/recipe to try: Georgia Peach Pound Cake

Earring Inspo Character: Carrie/Frog

Other Notes: I’d never seen this movie before, and it was a pleasant surprise. The classic car chase originated here, I think. Much like Raising Arizona, Smokey and the Bandit entertained with hilarious lines and creative insult-slingin’–mostly from Smokey (and most likely ad-libbed by Jackie Gleason). Good stuff. Jim noted the similarities to The Dukes of Hazzard, which followed Smokey and was clearly influenced by the film. Lots of trucker lingo from Smokey made its way to other things, too–So I Married an Axe Murderer and The Simpsons, to name a few.

Grade: A-

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/fifty-states/georgia

Next up: Hawai’i (The Descendants). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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