The Cahulawassee River is soon to be destroyed, along with the beautiful country that surrounds it. Eager to see it before it's gone, adventurer and outdoor fanatic Lewis (Burt Reynolds) organizes a trip for him and his friends Ed (Jon Voight), Drew (Ronny Cox) and Bobby (Ned Beatty) to canoe their way from top to bottom in search of great adventure.
Little do they know, they're in for much more than they originally bargained for when two mountain men take Ed and Bobby hostage. In a brave attempt to save his friends, Lewis kills one of the mountain men. Now they've got a dead person on their hands and there's no going back... especially deep in the American back-country where nobody's on your side.
Jon Voight ... Ed Gentry
Burt Reynolds ... Lewis Medlock
Ned Beatty ... Bobby Trippe
Ronny Cox ... Drew Ballinger
Ed Ramey ... Old Man
Seamon Glass ... First Griner
Randall Deal ... Second Griner
Bill McKinney ... Mountain Man
Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward ... Toothless Man
Lewis Crone ... First Deputy
Ken Keener ... Second Deputy
Johnny Popwell ... Ambulance Driver
Director: John Boorman
Nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture
Codecs: XVid / AC3
Audio 1: English
Audio 2: Espanol
In what is arguably the best outdoor adventure film of all time, four city guys confront nature's wrath, in a story of survival. The setting is backwoods Georgia, with its forests, mountains, and wild rivers.
The director, John Boorman, chose to use local people, not actors, to portray secondary characters. These locals imbue the film with a depth of characterization unequaled in film history. No central casting "actors" could ever come close to these people's remarkable faces, voices, or actions. I don't recall a film wherein the secondary characters are so realistic and colorful. As much as anything else, it is this gritty realism that makes this film so amazing.
Another strength is the film's theme. Nature, in the wild, can be violent. How appropriate that the setting should be the American South. Very few places in the U.S. are, or have been, as violent as redneck country. In a story about Darwinian survival of the fittest, the film conveys the idea that humans are part of nature, not separate from it.
"Deliverance" is very much a product of its time when, unlike today, Americans expressed concern over a vanishing wilderness. The film's magnificent scenery, the sounds of birds, frogs, crickets, and the roar of the river rapids, combined with the absence of civilization, all convey an environmental message. And that is another strength of the film.
At an entertainment level, the tension gradually escalates, as the plot proceeds. Not even half way into the film the tension becomes extreme, and then never lets up, not until the final credits roll. Very few films can sustain that level of intensity over such a long span of plot.
Finally, the film's technical quality is topnotch. Direction and editing are flawless. Cinematography is excellent. Dialogue is interesting. And the acting is terrific. Burt Reynolds has never been better. Ned Beatty is perfectly cast and does a fine job. And Jon Voight should have been nominated for an Oscar. If there is a weak link in the film, it is the music, which strikes me as timid.
Overall, "Deliverance" almost certainly will appeal to viewers who like outdoor adventure. Even for those who don't, the gritty characterizations, the acting, and the plot tension are reasons enough to watch this film, one of the finest in cinema history.
* Director John Boorman's son Charley Boorman appears near the end of the movie as Ed's little boy.
* To minimize costs, the production wasn't insured -- and the actors did their own stunts. (For instance, Jon Voight actually climbed the cliff.)
* To save costs and add to the realism, local residents were cast in the roles of the hill people.
* Author of the novel and screenplay James Dickey appears at the end of the film as the sheriff.
* Burt Reynolds broke his coccyx while going down the rapids when the canoe capsizes. Originally, a cloth dummy was used, but it looked too much "like a dummy going over a waterfall". After Reynolds was injured and recuperating, he asked, "How did it look?" The director replied, "Like a dummy going over a waterfall."
* According to Turner Classic Movies, John Boorman wanted Lee Marvin and Marlon Brando to play Ed and Lewis, respectively. After reading the script, Marvin suggested that he and Brando were too old, and that Boorman should use younger actors instead. Boorman agreed, and cast Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds.
* When John Boorman was looking for an actor to play the toothless man, Burt Reynolds suggested 'Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward' , who had no front teeth, stuttered, and was illiterate. Reynolds had worked with Coward in a Wild West show in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
* Billy Redden (the boy with the banjo) did not know how to play banjo and was incapable of faking the playing sequence convincingly, and eventually another youngster was hidden behind his chair, with the sole task of providing the hand movements on the banjo.
* Originally, Sam Peckinpah wanted to direct the movie. When John Boorman secured the rights, Peckinpah directed Straw Dogs (1971) instead.
* Ned Beatty was the only one of the four main actors to ever have paddled a canoe prior to shooting the movie. The others learned on set.
* "Dueling Banjos" was the first scene shot. The rest of the movie was almost entirely shot in sequence.
* Billy Redden, the boy with the banjo liked Ronny Cox, and disliked Ned Beatty. When at the end of the dueling banjos scene, the script called for Billy to harden his expression towards Drew Ballinger, Cox's character, he was unable to fake dislike for Cox. To solve the problem, they got Beatty to step towards Billy at the close of the shot. As Beatty approached, Billy hardened his expression and looked away - exactly as intended.
* The movie was shot on the Chattooga River, dividing South Carolina and Georgia. The year following the release of the movie, 31 people drowned attempting to travel the stretch of river where the movie was shot.
* The cliff climbing scene was shot "day for night", meaning that the footage was shot during the day and underexposed with a bluish tint (in post-production). Because film stocks were so slow (up until the late 1970s), and the anamorphic lenses were slow (didn't let in as much light as spherical lenses), and a plethora of lights were often needed, day for night was common practice for many films with night scenes during that period of filmmaking. Faster film stock has made the technique less common.
* Despite the title of the piece, "Dueling Banjos" actually features a banjo and a guitar.
* Ned Beatty's first film.
* Credited with the first recording of "Dueling Banjos" (its most common title, also known as "Feudin' Banjos" and "The Battle Of The Banjos") is Don Wayne Reno and Arthur Smith. Prior to "Deliverance" both parts were played with banjos, and it is the same speed all the way through. Almost all modern bluegrass bands play the "Deliverance" version in the key of G. In the movie both the guitarist and banjo players have capos on the second fret, denoting it is in the key of A.
* SPOILER: An alternate ending was shot, but cut from the final version. This other ending apparently takes place a few weeks (or perhaps months) after the main events of the movie. It appears in author/screenwriter James Dickey's original script as part of the final "dream" sequence, but not as the story's literal conclusion. The scene shows Lewis (Burt Reynolds) walking with a crutch (in Dickey's screenplay, his leg is supposed to be amputated below the knee). The sequence depicts Ed (Jon Voight), Lewis (Reynolds) and Bobby (Ned Beatty) meeting with Sheriff Bullard (Dickey) near the dam in Aintry. The sheriff displays to them a body placed on a stretcher and uncovers it, so that they can look at its face. No identifiable details of the body are shown, which was a deliberate choice, to make the audience uncertain whether the dead man is Drew (Ronny Cox), Don Job (Bill McKinney) or the Toothless Man (Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward). The body was played by Christopher Dickey (James Dickey's son), who writes about the scene in his memoir, "Summer of Deliverance", and even HE doesn't know whose body it was supposed to be. In the screenplay, Ed awakens terrified from this dream, just before the face of the corpse is to be revealed.
TITULO ORIGINAL Deliverance
DURACIÓN 109 min. Sugerir trailer/vídeo
PAÍS Estados Unidos
DIRECTOR John Boorman
GUIÓN James Dickey (Novela: James Dickey)
MÚSICA Eric Weissberg
FOTOGRAFÍA Vilmos Zsigmond
REPARTO Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, James Dickey, Billy McKinney
PRODUCTORA Warner Bros
Sinopsis de la Película:
Una cacería de amigos se convierte en una verdadera pesadilla en este interesante estudio psicológico dirigido por un director -John Boorman-, acostumbrado a plasmar en sus filmes la interrelación del hombre con la naturaleza.