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Smokey and the Bandit II is a 1980 American action comedy film directed by Hal Needham, and stars Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason and Dom DeLuise. The film is the sequel to the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit.

Smokey and the Bandit II
Smokey and the bandit ii poster.jpg
Theatrical poster by Dan Gouzee
Directed byHal Needham
Produced byMort Engelberg
Written byMichael Kane (story)
Jerry Belson &
Brock Yates (screenplay)
Based oncharacters created by
Hal Needham &
Robert L. Levy
Starring
Music bySnuff Garrett
CinematographyMichael Butler
Edited byDonn Cambern
William Gordean
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 15, 1980 (1980-08-15)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$17 million[1]
Box office$66.1 million[2]

The film was originally released in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and several other, mainly Commonwealth countries as Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again. Early video releases and TV broadcasts also used this title, but in more recent years most have reverted to the original U.S. title. It was followed by another sequel three years later, Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983), in which Reynolds only made a brief cameo appearance, and Sally Field did not appear.

The plot centers on Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt Reynolds) and Cledus "Snowman" Snow (Jerry Reed), transporting an elephant to the GOP National Convention, with Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) in hot pursuit once again.

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PlotEdit

Big Enos Burdette is in a literal mudslinging campaign against John Conn for Governor of Texas. After a failed attempt to get the outgoing governor's endorsement, Big Enos overhears him on the phone ordering a crate in Miami to be delivered in nine days to the Republican National Convention in Dallas. Burdette schemes to earn the governor's endorsement and have the crate delivered to the convention in his name, and tracks down Cledus "Snowman" Snow and offers him and Bo "Bandit" Darville $200,000 to do the run. Cledus takes the Burdettes to make the offer to Bandit himself, but Bandit has become a heavy drinker after breaking up with Carrie ("Frog"), and is drunk when the Burdettes arrive and double the payoff to $400,000. Cledus accepts on Bandit's behalf, but adds that Big Enos should give them half in advance, to which they agree. Cledus is ecstatic, but Bandit begins to miss Carrie.

Cledus calls Carrie, who is back in Texarkana and again about to marry Junior when Cledus calls offering her $50,000 to help out; she agrees and again becomes a runaway bride. Though she still has feelings for Bandit, when Carrie arrives she initially intones she is only there for the money, and she and Cledus work on getting Bandit off the booze and back into shape. She then trades in Junior's car for a new Trans Am. The three arrive at the pier in Miami only to find out their package is quarantined for three weeks. They return late that night to steal it, only to find the "package" is a live elephant (the GOP mascot) which Cledus names Charlotte after his aunt. When Bandit removes a splinter in Charlotte's foot, she takes a liking to him.

Soon after they start off for Dallas, they are accosted for the first of several times by Sheriff Justice, but Bandit outwits him and they escape. As they drive along the coast they stop for fuel at a remote fuel station and notice something wrong with Charlotte. Moments later, an ambulance pulls in with an Italian gynecologist in the back. "Doc" is initially reluctant to help, but when his ambulance driver speeds away unknowingly leaving him stranded, he asks to hitch a ride with them, agreeing to keep an eye on Charlotte.

Along the way, Doc finds that Charlotte is pregnant and due at any time, but Bandit is determined to stay on schedule. As they continue the run, Doc says that Charlotte is almost in labor and needs to be off her feet. Cledus decides they all need a break and they go to a nearby nightclub where Don Williams is headlining. When Carrie sees Bandit scribbling on a napkin, a picture of Charlotte cradled by suspended netting to keep her off of her feet, she angrily leaves, but not before telling Bandit that she will only see him again when he likes himself again. Later that night, a drunken Bandit makes his drawing a reality, and Doc agrees that the idea will work.

Buford decides to call on his brothers: Reggie, a Mountie from Quebec, and Gaylord, an effeminate Texas State Patrolman. Later, as Bandit and Cledus cross into Texas, Buford lures Bandit into a desert basin with a mass of State Patrol and Canadian Mountie cruisers giving chase. Bandit orders Cledus to get to Dallas, but Cledus, with a huge convoy of their trucker pals, comes to Bandit's aid and wreck nearly all of the cruisers while Doc and Charlotte watch from the sidelines. The two escape by crossing a makeshift trailer bridge with Buford and his brothers in pursuit. Before they can cross, two of the trucks pull away, resulting in Gaylord and Reggie's cruisers crashing in the ensuing gap, but Buford is still in pursuit, though his cruiser is barely functioning.

Charlotte is going into labor and Cledus begs Bandit to stop at a safari reserve, where Charlotte finally gives birth. Bandit is ready to load them both back up in the truck, but Cledus refuses and then knocks Bandit down when he insults him. When he sees Charlotte in tears, Bandit finally comes back to his senses and apologizes.

Bandit later finds Carrie and tells her that he likes himself now, and that he does not want to be without her. He then tells her that he hasn't yet taken Charlotte to Dallas, but they can still make it late. Carrie is overjoyed when she sees that Charlotte is now a mom, and Bandit asks Charlotte's permission for him and Carrie to get hitched, to which Charlotte trumpets her approval; Doc, now riding in the cab with Cledus and Fred, also voices his approval, and they all drive away with Charlotte and her baby in tow in circus carts, with Buford still in pursuit, now driving a Greyhound bus.

CastEdit

Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise would star together again in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II, and (in voice only) Don Bluth's All Dogs Go to Heaven. As he did in the first movie, Reynolds breaks the fourth wall after being reunited with Frog, by addressing the camera and saying, "She still loves me."

ProductionEdit

Smokey and the Bandit II was filmed simultaneously with The Cannonball Run, in which Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise also starred. Football players Joe Klecko and Terry Bradshaw also appear in both films.

It is the first film to feature director Hal Needham's "Blooper Reel Credit Crawl" at the end, in that a collection of bloopers and outtakes from the film showed on one side of the screen while the closing credits slowly scrolled up the other side. Cannonball Run, also directed by Needham, used this same technique.

Buford's brothers were both portrayed by Gleason; Reginald was a Canadian version of "Reginald Van Gleason III", a popular character from Gleason's television show.

The film was written and produced before it was announced that the 1980 Republican National Convention would be held not in Dallas, but in Detroit.

Many of the movie's scenes take place in northern Palm Beach County, especially at Burt Reynolds' ranch in Jupiter, Florida.

Although the Bandit again sticks to a Pontiac Trans Am, this time a 1980 Turbo model with 5 color decals unlike 1981's single color decals, Snowman switches to a 1980 GMC General, silver with blue trim with the same mural on the trailer as on the original film. This "new rig" suggests that the pair were successful in the "double or nothing" wager offered by the Burdettes at the end of the first film where they were persuaded to drive from Atlanta to Boston and back in 18 hours to buy clam chowder.

A world-record automobile jump was captured on film during the "roundup sequence", when stuntman Gary Davis jumped a 1974 Dodge Monaco over 150 feet. Davis suffered compressed vertebra as a result of a hard landing.

The roundup sequence in the desert shows many new Pontiac Le Mans sedans decorated as police cars being destroyed. The cars were originally ordered by a car rental agency in Phoenix, who refused delivery when they discovered the cars were not equipped with air conditioning. Pontiac took the cars back and eventually gave them to the producers to be used in the film.

SoundtrackEdit

Smokey and the Bandit 2:
Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
various artists
Released1980
GenreSoundtrack
Length31:59
LabelMCA Records
ProducerJerry Kennedy
Snuff Garrett

Smokey and the Bandit 2: Original Soundtrack was released on vinyl, cassette tape and 8-track tape by MCA Records in 1980.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Texas Bound and Flyin'" (Jerry Reed)Jerry R. Hubbard2:18
2."Charlotte's Web" (The Statler Brothers)Cliff Crossord, John Durrill, Snuff Garrett2:55
3."To Be Your Man" (Don Williams)Danny Flowers, Don Williams3:53
4."Ride Concrete Cowboy, Ride" (Roy Rogers and The Sons of the Pioneers)Cliff Crossord, John Durrill, Snuff Garrett2:55
5."Deliverance of the Wildwood Flower" (The Bandit Band)Al Capps, Hank Moonjean, Hal Needham1:54
6."Pecos Promenade" (Tanya Tucker)Larry Collins, Sandy Pinkard, Snuff Garrett2:27
7."Here's Lookin' at You" (Mel Tillis)Sandy Pinkard, John Durrill, Sam Atchley3:14
8."Do You Know You Are My Sunshine" (The Statler Brothers)Don Reid, Harold Reid2:12
9."Again and Again" (Brenda Lee)Ben Peters2:39
10."Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial" (Burt Reynolds)Richard Levinson2:20
11."Tulsa Time" (Don Williams)Danny Flowers3:10
12."Pickin' Lone Star Style" (The Bandit Band)Jerry Kennedy, Snuff Garrett2:02
Total length:31:59

ReceptionEdit

The film received almost completely negative reviews from critics who felt that that it suffered badly in comparison to the original. It received an approval rating of 17% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 6 reviews.[3] Roger Ebert gave it a 1 out of 4 stars and stated that there was "[in 1980] no need for this movie. That's true of most sequels, but it's especially true of 'Smokey and the Bandit II', which is basically just the original movie done again, not as well ... how can I say it's lazy when it has 50 trucks doing stunts in it? Because it takes a lot less thought to fill up a movie with stunts than to create a comedy that's genuinely funny."[4]

Burt Reynolds later stated that he did not enjoy working on the movie at all, feeling that it was an unnecessary sequel put together by Universal purely for money-making reasons rather than to try making a good picture.[5]

It was the eighth-most-popular 1980 film at the United States and Canada box office earning $66,132,626.[2] This box office income inspired a third film where Reynolds appeared only in a cameo appearance before the end credits, Field had no involvement whatsoever, and Gleason practically filled the film.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Trivia for Smokey and the Bandit II". IMDb. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Smokey and the Bandit II, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Smokey and the Bandit II at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 22, 1980). "Smokey and the Bandit II Movie Review (1980)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  5. ^ quint. "Burt Reynolds discusses being The Bandit, his work with Hal Needham and being a Hollywood "whore."".

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