Top 5 Burt Reynolds Movies
In honor of Burt Reynolds coming to town for the Macon Film Festival, our gatekeepers developed a top 5 list of Burt Reynolds classics. Some you love, and others you love to hate, but these five movies are a must see if you want to talk about Burt Reynolds. Did your favorite make the list?
1. Smokey and the Bandit
This 1977 classic movie starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields, not only made the Trans Am one of America's favorite muscle cars, but was also nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe award. Burt Reynolds plays Truck driver Bo "Bandit" Darville, who agrees to pick up the beer in Texas and drive it to Georgia within 28 hours. 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.
Filmed in Georgia, this 1972 classic is usually the movie that pops to mind when you here the name Burt Reynolds. This movie was nominated for over 13 different awards including 3 Oscar nominations and 5 Golden Globe nominations. Four city-dwelling friends (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) decide to get away for a week of canoeing in rural Georgia. When the men arrive, they are not welcomed by the backwoods locals, who stalk the vacationers and savagely attack them in the woods. Reeling from the ambush, the friends attempt to return home but are surrounded by dangerous rapids and pursued by a madman. Soon, their canoe trip turns into a fight for survival.
3. The Longest Yard
Originally release in 1974 Burt Reynolds plays an ex-football star doing time, and is forced by the warden to organize a team of inmates to play against his own line-up of guards. The warden tries to blackmail him into throwing the game, but the convicts have their own ideas and see the game as an opportunity to repay some of the brutality they have endured. The movie was remade in 2005 with Adam Sandler playing Burt's original role, and Burt Reynolds playing the role as coach. Both versions of the movie were nominated for a combined total of 15 awards.
4. Sharky's Machine
Believe it or not, this 1981 Thriller/Drama was nominated for a Golden Globe! Burt Reynolds plays Tom Sharky, a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky stumbles across a mob murder with government ties, and responds by assembling his downtrodden fellow investigators (Sharky's "machine") to find the leaders and bring them to justice before they kill off all his partners and witnesses, including Sharky himself.
5. The Cannonball Run
This 1981 Action/Comedy stars Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcet, and a wide variety of eccentric competitors, who participate in a wild and illegal cross-country car race. Thought the film is very entertaining, the only award received was the 1982 Razzie Award given to Farrah Fawcet for Worst Supporting Actress in this film.