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Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 is a 1983 American action comedy film and a sequel to Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), starring Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, Mike Henry and Colleen Camp. The film also includes a cameo near the film's end by the original Bandit, Burt Reynolds.

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDick Lowry
Produced byMort Engelberg
Written byStuart Birnbaum
David Dashev
Based oncharacters created by
Hal Needham &
Robert L. Levy
Music byLarry Cansler
CinematographyJames Pergola
Edited byDavid E. Blewitt
Byron "Buzz" Brandt
Christopher Greenbury
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 12, 1983 (1983-08-12)
Running time
85 minutes
Budget$9 million[1]
Box office$7 million[2]

With a budget of a television movie, which was around twice the budget used for the first part, many action and comedic scenes are rehashes of scenes from the previous two Smokey and the Bandit films.



Big Enos and Little Enos offer retiring Sheriff Buford T. Justice a wager, betting $250,000 against his badge on his ability to transport a large stuffed fish from Florida to Texas. Buford picks up the fish and starts driving with his son, Junior.

The Enoses set many traps, but Buford dodges them, so they try to hire the Bandit to stop him. Deciding that the original Bandit is too hard to manage, they hire the Snowman to act as the Bandit. The new Snowman/Bandit parks his truck so he can drive a black and gold 1983 Pontiac Trans Am.

The Bandit picks up Dusty, who quits her job at a used car dealership. The Bandit catches up with Buford and steals the fish. Buford pursues the Bandit, with another local officer who attempts to take charge of the situation. Both police cars are disabled in the chase.

Buford catches up after the Bandit and Dusty stop at a redneck bar to eat. The chase then creates mass chaos in a local town. The Bandit escapes when an 18-wheeler blocks the alleyway where the Bandit ran through on foot. While trying to get the truck out, Buford's car is towed, but he reverses the car and escapes. The tow truck operator chases him, with Junior spinning on the hook. Buford makes the truck flip over, sending Junior flying. Other cars crash into the pile-up.

Buford chases the Bandit in the Mississippi Fairgrounds. Buford's car is thrown up on two side wheels by an incline, but he continues the pursuit while driving on two wheels.

At night, the Bandit and Dusty stop at a hotel, where people are involved in sexual acts, some deviant. Buford sees the Bandit's Trans-Am parked there, and searches for the fish, which he finds. Buford thinks he found the Bandit in the sauna, but it turns out to be a muscular woman who bonds with him.

The next day, two of Buford's tires are blown by the "Enos Devil Darts". The Bandit retakes the fish. Buford pursues on the remaining two tires, first through a herd of cattle, then through parked boats, then through a field where the Enoses set off explosions, one of which destroys all the exterior protection save the engine, seat, and lights, which Junior is holding above his head. The Bandit decides to surrender the fish to let Buford win. Just after getting the prize money, Buford finds the Bandit, but he is shown as the original Burt Reynolds bandit, who sweet talks him to letting him go and starting a new pursuit. Junior is left behind and chases after Buford, dropping all the money.


  • Jackie Gleason as Montague County Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Texas
  • Jerry Reed as Cledus "Snowman" Snow/ Bandit
  • Paul Williams as Little Enos Burdette
  • Pat McCormick as Big Enos Burdette
  • Mike Henry as Junior Justice-Sheriff's Son
  • Colleen Camp as Dusty Trails
  • Faith Minton as Tina
  • Burt Reynolds as The Real Bandit (Bo "Bandit" Darville)
  • Ava Cadell as Blonde
  • Curry Worsham as Skip Town
  • Ray Bouchard as Fannen County Purvis R. Beethoven of Florida
  • Cathy Cahill as Mother Trucker
  • Sharon Anderson as Police Woman
  • Alan Berger as Hippie
  • Dee Dee Deering as Mrs. Fernbush
  • Will Knickerbocker as Hotel Clerk
  • Kim Kondziola as Baby Enos Burdette
  • Veronica Gamba as Girl at Picnic
  • Sandy Mielke as Driving Instructor
  • Austin Kelly as Road Painter
  • Dick Lowry as Sand Dumper
  • Jackie Davis as Blackman #1
  • Raymond Forchion as Tar Worker
  • Nikki Fritz as S & M Hooker
  • William L. Kingsley as Announcer
  • Silvia Arana as Latin Woman
  • Marilyn Gleason as Lady Getting Ticket
  • Earl Houston Bullock as Flagman
  • Mel Pape as Police Officer
  • Connie Brighton as Girl #1
  • Toni Moon as Girl #2
  • Dave Cass as Local Tough Guy
  • Leon Cheatom as Guide
  • Jorge Gil as Gas Station Attendant
  • Candace Collins as French Maid
  • Charles P. Harris as Hot Dog Vendor
  • Al De Luca as Flower Vendor
  • Timothy Hawkins as Man in Truck


The film was originally entitled Smokey IS the Bandit, and did not include Jerry Reed in the cast. Contemporary newspapers refer to original plans to feature Gleason as both "Smokey" and "Bandit",[3] and Reed's name does not appear in early promotional materials or newspaper accounts during the film's production. According to some accounts, Jackie Gleason was to play two roles: Sheriff Buford T. Justice and a different "Bandit". The original version was shot in October 1982. Reportedly test audiences reacted poorly, finding Gleason's two roles confusing, so the studio opted to do reshoots in April 1983.[4] The Bandit scenes were re-shot with Jerry Reed playing the role. Other accounts indicate that the title was more literal: that Gleason was to play only Sheriff Justice, but the character would also fill the role of "Bandit", by taking the Enos family's challenge (as Reynolds' character had done in the previous films).[5] In a teaser trailer for the film (billed as Smokey Is the Bandit), Gleason appears in character as Justice, explaining to the audience that to defeat the Bandit he would adopt the attributes of his prey, "becoming [my] own worst enemy". A publicity still of Gleason apparently shows him in costume as the Bandit.[6]


Smokey and the Bandit Part 3:
Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
various artists
LabelMCA Records
ProducerJohn Stewart
Jerry Crutchfield
Larry Cansler

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on vinyl and cassette tape by MCA Records in 1983.

1."Ticket for the Wind" (John Stewart)John Stewart4:03
2."The Bandit Express" (Lee Greenwood)Dick Feller, Don Schlitz3:42
3."Buford T. Justice" (Ed Bruce)Dick Feller, Don Schlitz2:53
4."The Legend of the Bandit" (Lee Greenwood)Sam Weedman2:59
5."Dixie" (Larry Cansler)Larry Cansler2:25
6."Buford in Pursuit" (Larry Cansler)Larry Cansler1:55
Total length:17:57


Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 received negative reviews by critics, and the film was generally regarded as the weakest of the three "Bandit" films, in terms of both storyline and revenue. It received an approval rating of 20% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 5 reviews.[7] Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a negative review stating "The already skimpy running time of Smokey and the Bandit, Part 3 is padded by an opening montage of earlier Smokey scenes, including shots of Burt Reynolds lounging in a zebra- print hammock. He is grinning, as well he might, because he has been able to sit out Part 3 altogether. What has he missed? An interminable car chase punctuated by dumb stunts and even dumber dialogue, plus the well-worth-missing sight of Paul Williams in a dress."[8]

Despite the enormous financial success of the original film (grossing over $300 million on a budget of less than $5 million), coupled with respectable (though significantly lower) numbers generated by the sequel, the third installment was both a critical and box office flop, grossing only $7,000,000 against the film's $9,000,000 budget.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Spy (Nov 1988). The Unstoppables. New York, New York: Sussex Publishers, LLC. p. 92. ISSN 0890-1759.
  2. ^ a b Box Office Information for Smokey and the Bandit Part 3. The Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2013
  3. ^ Smokey is the Bandit Beaver County Times via Google Books
  4. ^ ""Smokey" Is No Longer "The Bandit"". Variety. April 27, 1983. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Smokey Screen". Snopes. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  6. ^ ""'Smokey and the Bandit Part 3' by Dick Lowry, USA, 1983."".
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