D: John Boorman
Warner Bros. (John Boorman)
USA 🇺🇸 1972
W: James Dickey [based on his novel]
DP: Vilmos Zsigmond
Ed: Tom Priestley
Mus: Eric Weissberg
Jon Voight (Ed), Burt Reynolds (Lewis), Ned Beatty (Bobby), Ronny Cox (Drew)
Four friends from the big city go on a canoeing trip in a backwoods Southern community get a more perilous experience than the white water rapids and the great outdoors.
The movie achieves a classic status for it's two memorable scenes but is so much greater than 'duelling banjo's' and the disturbing 'squeal piggy' scenes. All four main cast members deliver excellent performances, with Burt Reynolds arguably the standout with his greatest ever screen performance.
Director John Boorman never really bettered this film (although Hope & Glory was a great effort) and the film can only truly be described as a 'must watch'.