That’s right friends. This past weekend was the 40th Anniversary of the Smokey and the Bandit movie that came out in 1977. Do you remember the basis of the movie? This is what it says on the IMDB webpage:
Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo “Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds) agrees to pick up the beer in Texas and drive it to Georgia within 28 hours. Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Jerry Reed) drives the rig while the Bandit helps make his path. When Bo picks up hitchhiker Carrie (Sally Field), he attracts the attention of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Angry that Carrie will not marry his son, Justice embarks on a high-speed chase after Bandit.
Knowing the story line, you now know that some of the movie is based in Georgia, home sweet home to this oinker. And downtown Jonesboro (less than five minutes away from the Hotel Thompson) held its 40th Anniversary over the weekend. The big rig came rolling in on Main Street followed by the famous Pontiac Trans-Am. And not only was the rig and Trans-Am present, so was the sheriff’s car that was driven by Sheriff Buford T. Justice (played by Jackie Gleason).
And of course they had a re-enactor that was playing Burt Reynolds character… who just happened to get arrested by our finest here in Clayton County, Georgia.
Nah, not really. It was all for show but doesn’t that guy look just like Burt Reynolds years ago in the movie?
He was a great guy for getting arrested and hanging out with everyone… and mom said not bad on the eyes whatever that means.
Burt Reynolds did show up to the festivities. This is him in the picture next to the Trans-Am. What an awesome time it was for everyone in attendance.
Did you know some of this trivia that we read on IMBD?
• A senior executive at Pontiac promised Burt Reynolds a free Trans-Am if the movie became a hit. It did and the 1977 T-Top Trans-Am became one of the hottest selling cars of the year. When the movie became a hit, Reynolds expected the executive to come through with his promise. But the Trans-Am never came. After a few months, Reynolds, (who was afraid of looking like one of those pretentious stars looking for freebies), finally called Pontiac. As it turned out, the executive that made the promise had retired and the new executive refused to keep the promise that was made, by the previous Pontiac Trans Am executive.
• Jackie Gleason would often ask his assistant Mal for a “hamburger,” which was code for a glass of bourbon.
• In Jonesboro, GA (YAY close to us here at the Hotel Thompson) where a lot of the film was shot, Snowman’s house and the warehouse where the Coors beer is picked up (in Texarkana, TX) are actually only about a half a mile away from each other.
• The line of Jackie Gleason’s dialogue printed on the movie’s poster is incorrect. The quote on the poster reads “What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law.” In the movie Gleason actually says “What we’re dealing with here, is a complete lack of respect for the law.”
Credit to IMBD web page for information on movie. Credit to Scott Stubbs for pictures.
06/27/2017 at 12:37 pm
I loved the movie… and YES that was a fabulous look a like they hired for the event… oh I wish I would be there to see Burt Reynolds…. it’s mean that he never got the car…… the blue leather seats rock… I wonder why we have such fab colors today but the interieur is always blackish or grayish… or white or risk-takers…
06/27/2017 at 1:06 pm
I know! Burt Reynolds still looked good. He uses a cane now. Can you believe he is 81?! I feel so old – LOL. XOXO – Bacon’s MOM
06/27/2017 at 12:46 pm
Love movie trivia. Glad you were able to enjoy the anniversary.
06/27/2017 at 1:07 pm
Mom/dad said they had a great time this weekend with everything. XOXO – Bacon
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06/27/2017 at 4:59 pm
Forty years?!? Thanks for making Mommy feel old, Bacon. Now she’s going to need a “hamburger.” 😉
06/28/2017 at 9:47 am
Oh snorts with piggy laughter. You gotta love it for sure. Mom/dad felt the same. Sad to say that Burt Reynolds is 81 and although he looks good still you can see it wearing on him. XOXO – Bacon
06/27/2017 at 6:02 pm
Loved this movie!! Went to see it 5 times! What can I say? It was the ‘trucker’ in me!!! HAHAHA 🙂
06/28/2017 at 9:48 am
Snorts!! It was and still is a great movie for sure. So much fun! XOXO – Bacon
06/27/2017 at 10:22 pm
I guess whoever made up the movie poster had “Cool Hand Luke” on the brain….
06/28/2017 at 9:48 am
I know!! Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
06/28/2017 at 11:07 am
Some nice person showed or pointed out the train station in Jonesboro was part of the movie when we visited. She is a great tour guide, Right, Bacon.
06/28/2017 at 1:17 pm
Snorts with piggy laughter. Yep it was a great time held by all for sure! During that time, it was set up for the Gone with the Wind spree. Great times!! XOXO – Bacon