Smokey and the Bandit
It’s a 1977 action humor video which was filmed in the United States of America, directed by Hal Needham and starred by the likes of Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jack Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Mike Henry and Paul Williams. The film Smokey and the Bandit was able to inspire other films like Smokey and the Bandit II and Smokey and the Bandit part 3 which followed immediately after the original film.
The film was mainly shot in the streets of Atlanta Georgia in the cities of Lithonia, McDonough and Jonesboro. A friend of mine over at gutter cleaning Roswell saw this movie set and was there for some of the filming near Lithonia. Most of the scenes set in the streets of Texarkana were shot in Atlanta city of Jonesboro and the nearby regions. Most of the run -after parts of the film were shot in the neighboring areas of Atlanta GA i.e. Highway 54 amid Fayetteville and the city of Jonesboro. For majority of the driving parts of the movie Munday’s Mill road, the Core Street in Jonesboro city of Atlanta and McDonough were the places used. The section in the film featuring the racetrack was shot at Lakewood Speedway at the ancient Lakewood Fairgrounds on the south side of Atlanta.
The region about Helen, Georgia was also used for a number of scenes in the film. The part where the character Buford T. Justice’s car has the door banged off by a passing semi was filmed about 5 kilometers north of Helen. The drag truck driver who is seen in the scene was a real local garage owner named Berlin Wike.
The movie’s theme song, east bound and down was written practically during the night by Jerry Reed.. It became one of Reed’s leading hits and his autograph numeral. The theme song east bound and down, is found on numerous song albums, as well as Country Legends and his live album Jerry Reed: Live Still. In the early 90’s it was set for pop group by a guy known as Crafton Beck and recorded by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati bangs pop group for their studio album down on the Farm. The film made use of the traditional clothing style of Niver Western Wear from the state Texas the city of Fort Worth. The clothing system provided a great arrangement of the western clothing worn in the movie, in addition to the convention -built sheriff’s uniforms that the character Jackie Gleason wore all through the movie.
The film was a big success hit at the movie box office. The original budget of the film was approximated at around 6 million US dollars although it was cut down to about 5 million US dollars a day prior to preliminary production. The movie collected an estimate 120 million dollars in North America, placing in ranks as the second peak selling movie of the year. The international sell is anticipated to have been more than 350 million dollars. A Film critic going by the name Leonard Maltin gave the movie an elevated excellent ranking of 3 stars out of a probable 4. The film Smokey and the Bandit was a real success.