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The Bandit (2016)

Burt Reynolds and other crew members from the 1977 classic "Smokey and the Bandit" share their experiences with the late director and stuntman Hal Needham.

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Jesse Moss
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Mike Henry ... Himself
Robert L. Levy ... Himself
David Needham ... Himself
Hal Needham ... Himself
Burt Reynolds ... Himself
Sonny Shroyer ... Himself
Paul Williams ... Himself
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Burt Reynolds and other crew members from the 1977 classic "Smokey and the Bandit" share their experiences with the late director and stuntman Hal Needham.

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Legends never die

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9 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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American Bandit: The Birth of Southern Cool See more »

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USA

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Mile End Films West See more »
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The Bandit was a mostly fine behind-the-scenes take on Smokey and the Bandit as well as of star Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham
11 September 2018 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After Burt Reynolds' death, I felt the need to watch Smokey and the Bandit again which I did and reviewed here a few days ago. Now I just saw this doc about the making of that movie and the life of both Reynolds and his friend, stunt man and director Hal Needham. They had known each other for years, in fact, they lived together for a while when both were single, and one day, Hal had an idea for a movie he wanted to make with Burt and also direct for the first time after so many years as a stunt man. Both their lives are explored, in fact, Burt's vintage interviews from years past are shown in addition to the current one he did for this special. One piece of film that seemed familiar to me was one where Hal does a car crash test in which an air bag explodes on him. Then I realized that particular film was shown in my high school driving class back in the '80s! There's also interviews with Hal's son and some of the crew of Smokey and the Bandit as well as one cast member I didn't immediately recognize, Little Enos himself, Paul Williams! There were also some vintage interview clips of Smokey himself, Jackie Gleason. In summary, I really enjoyed The Bandit.


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