SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT: Remembering Burt Reynolds

September 27, 2018 @ 9:45 pm

On September 27th, The Frida Cinema pays tribute to the late, great Burt Reynolds.  Over the course of nearly six decades in Hollywood, Reynolds was a trailblazer on the silver screen, accomplishing an unprecedented five year run in the late 70s-and early-80s as the top grossing film star in the world, among other many accolades including a 1997 Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, and Golden Globe win, for his performance in Boogie Nights.  His key to success was his endless charisma, and the fact that he always genuinely seemed to be having fun while doing what he loved – acting.

Reynolds was seemingly at his best when mixing the genres of action, romance, and comedy, and it was perhaps never best exemplified than in Smokey and The Bandit!  Written and directed by his pal, the legendary stuntman Hal Needham, Bandit was an instant crowd-pleaser that grossed $126 million (that’s $508 million adjusted for inflation), coming in as the second-highest grossing film of 1977 behind only Star Wars – and is notable as being Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite movie (true story).  Reynolds stars as Bo “Bandit” Darville, a daredevil who is hired to transport 400 cases of Coors from Texas to Atlanta in 28 hours. On paper it sounds like a thin premise, but the film is packed with laughs, unforgettable set pieces, and lots of car action.  Complementing Reynolds’ game performance measure by measure, the film also stars three other Hollywood legends: Oscar-winning actress Sally Field, the incomparable Jackie Gleason, and possibly the most famous picture car there ever was: the Pontiac T-Top Trans-Am.  

Thursday, September 27 – 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm