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(USA Today)   Clayton, GA residents squeal with delight as the town hosts the inaugural Chattooga River Festival to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the movie "Deliverance"   (usatoday.com) divider line 41
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2012-06-22 09:16:33 AM  
That corn is *special,* isn't it?
 
2012-06-22 10:09:39 AM  
"Did you know they're doing the kayak events on the same river that they filmed Deliverance on? If Ned Beatty couldn't make it down that river, a Frenchman in a pair of bicycle pants ain't got a chance!"
 
2012-06-22 01:36:50 PM  
Uncomfortable and awkward at best
 
2012-06-22 01:45:36 PM  
Paddle faster, I hear banjo music
 
2012-06-22 01:54:31 PM  
Link

Kids in the Hall : "Squeal Like a Pig"
 
2012-06-22 01:55:15 PM  
One of the perfect movies ever made. though a bit dated, it holds up very well. the four characters are classic archetypes in their own way, and the motif of the struggle of man vs nature then man vs man (in more ways than one, boom headshot) and then how in a key scene, a character expresses doubt about what rrrrrreally happens....

a perfect movie.

way underappreciated. remembered for "that" scene and often used as no pun intended, the butt of jokes when in fact, it is a farking strong motherfarking powerful movie.
 
2012-06-22 01:59:19 PM  
I've rafted that river in March during the spring thaw. The guide pointed out all the places the movie filmed. That river is fun as hell. We camped there too. It was 18 degrees at night.

As an aside the portrayal of the locals isn't far off. I have a southern accent but I could barely understand them. We went to the local McDonald's for breakfast and a couple of our friends were furriner looking types . We went in and it was like the record skipped and everyone stopped and stared. I doubt they had ever seen an indian or vietnamese guy before.
 
2012-06-22 02:00:52 PM  

rickythepenguin: and then how in a key scene, a character expresses doubt about what rrrrrreally happens....


Specifically which scene do you refer to? It's baan a long time since I saw tha move. And yeah, it is a great one.
 
2012-06-22 02:01:32 PM  
Damn my fingers. I meant ' it's been a long time since I saw the movie.'
 
2012-06-22 02:07:33 PM  

the_rev: Specifically which scene do you refer to? It's baan a long time since I saw tha move. And yeah, it is a great one.


i know the movie is like 40 years old and thus waaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond the ZOMG SPOILER ALERT but in fairness to younger folks who haven't seen it.....i'll be vague enough to where it isn't given away, but.....

i forget the specifics as it has been a few years for me as well, but one of the boaters expresses doubt about how many shots were fired (or whether shots were fired at all). it adds a Rashomon-esque layer to the movie. as in, a moral dilemma whether they were right or if they were mistaken.
 
2012-06-22 02:11:34 PM  

rickythepenguin: one of the boaters expresses doubt about...


Ah ok, thanks. I really need to watch it again.
 
2012-06-22 02:23:26 PM  

the_rev: Ah ok, thanks. I really need to watch it again.



I've forgotten the specific angle, but when i re-watched it several years ago, i was like OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH shiat HE'S RIGHT! one of the protagonists points something out that even the movie leaves unsettled. you can interpret it either way to justify or condemn What Happened.

it really adds an intense moral layer to it.

and there are others. another scene towards the end when they run into the officers. the dilemma of doing right vs saving your bacon.

farking amazing movie. this and taxi driver deserve some kind of protection against ever being remade.
 
2012-06-22 02:28:58 PM  

rickythepenguin: it adds a Rashomon-esque layer to the movie. as in, a moral dilemma whether they were right or if they were mistaken.



to be clear about that, i'm not saying Rashomon = "moral dilemma", i mean the movie in that scene presents the Rashomon vibe of characters having different recollections.
 
2012-06-22 02:31:02 PM  

rickythepenguin: another scene towards the end when they run into the officers. the dilemma of doing right vs saving your bacon.


I love those scenes at the end. Hence my boobies in this thread.
 
2012-06-22 02:31:13 PM  
Is this now the town motto??
 
2012-06-22 02:32:55 PM  
The law? Ha! What law? Where's the law, Drew?
 
2012-06-22 02:38:58 PM  
When I've driven through Rabun County I haven't seen anything even remotely suggesting that the movie was shot there. I don't think most of the locals are too happy with the film.
 
2012-06-22 02:43:01 PM  
Now I have that damn song in my head for the rest of the day.
 
2012-06-22 02:51:00 PM  

SkylineRecords: Link

Kids in the Hall : "Squeal Like a Pig"


Always loved the line "Maybe you might wanna read Kenneth Turlong's 'Film Semiotics' or Dale Steeb's 'Ass-masters of the Silver Screen'."
Dave Foley does appear to have trouble keeping a straight face through most of the sketch.
 
2012-06-22 02:51:28 PM  
 
2012-06-22 03:00:12 PM  
I'm surprised no one has tried to remake this or do a sequel. Or have they?
 
2012-06-22 03:18:03 PM  
Damn it so much I want a black vest like the one Burt Reynolds had.
 
2012-06-22 03:49:08 PM  
Clayton is a beautiful area. I think it's prettier than Asheville. I wonder if the Banjo kid had FAS. Got that look, you know.
 
2012-06-22 03:54:13 PM  

rickythepenguin: the_rev: Specifically which scene do you refer to? It's baan a long time since I saw tha move. And yeah, it is a great one.

i know the movie is like 40 years old and thus waaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond the ZOMG SPOILER ALERT but in fairness to younger folks who haven't seen it.....i'll be vague enough to where it isn't given away, but.....

i forget the specifics as it has been a few years for me as well, but one of the boaters expresses doubt about how many shots were fired (or whether shots were fired at all). it adds a Rashomon-esque layer to the movie. as in, a moral dilemma whether they were right or if they were mistaken.


I see what you are saying, as they were sure whether or not the one guy was killed or killed himself or what have you. I thought the characters on the river were more about the types of men in the world, ie... the guy who was willing to do what it took to survive right or wrong, the guy who didn't want to do anything and was abused by the world (the rednecks), and the modern intellectual who was conflicted. I haven't seen the film in a number of years either... so I could be completely wrong.
 
2012-06-22 04:08:02 PM  
The NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) is a cool place.

This area has some nice runs. I mostly do this in an OC 1 (open canoe single).

Section III of the Chatrooga is fun, with the exception of Bull Sluice (right at the end). Some days I like it, and other days I go over Decapitation Rock upside down and sideways in my Mad River ME.

Section IV of the Chatooga has some teeth. Seven Foot Falls is annoying. Crack-in-the-Rock at high water is just flat dangerous. Sock 'em Dog is not a place to go swimming.

All in all, the Nantahala to warm up, section III of the Chattooga for a good run, section IV of the Chattooga if you're feeling adventurous, and the Ocoee for nonstop whitewater are tough to beat.

/ good times - yeah I'm crazy
// then hop over to West Virginia and run the Cheat
/// and Big Sandy if there's enough water
 
2012-06-22 04:14:42 PM  

The_Sponge: Damn it so much I want a black vest like the one Burt Reynolds had.


Which one - the neoprene wetsuit or the life vest?

RipCurl and BodyGlove both make the zip-up vest, although it's now made of nylon. Look for "dive vest" instead of surfing, surfing vests don't have the zipper on the front.

The life vest - haven't seen one of those in ages. The old ones of that type were prone to getting waterlogged after a while. The newer vests with the PE foam cells are molded in one piece. I don't think the old fiber-filled vests qualify for Coast Guard certification any longer. Could be wrong, but the last time I saw a vest like that it was in a mariner's museum.
 
2012-06-22 04:37:30 PM  

Strongbeerrules: I'm surprised no one has tried to remake this or do a sequel. Or have they?


If they do, I'm gonna be one of the first to make fun of how inbred all the Romanians look.
 
2012-06-22 05:04:06 PM  

rickythepenguin: One of the perfect movies ever made. though a bit dated, it holds up very well. the four characters are classic archetypes in their own way, and the motif of the struggle of man vs nature then man vs man (in more ways than one, boom headshot) and then how in a key scene, a character expresses doubt about what rrrrrreally happens....

a perfect movie.

way underappreciated. remembered for "that" scene and often used as no pun intended, the butt of jokes when in fact, it is a farking strong motherfarking powerful movie.


www.breathnaigh.org
The novel was powerful too.
 
2012-06-22 05:51:35 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: I've rafted that river in March during the spring thaw. The guide pointed out all the places the movie filmed. That river is fun as hell. We camped there too. It was 18 degrees at night.

As an aside the portrayal of the locals isn't far off. I have a southern accent but I could barely understand them. We went to the local McDonald's for breakfast and a couple of our friends were furriner looking types . We went in and it was like the record skipped and everyone stopped and stared. I doubt they had ever seen an indian or vietnamese guy before.


You're full of shiat, there have been all types of ethnicities in that area for a decade now with scenic rail rides and tourists groups coming through there. So to say it was like a needle skipped is a flat out lie, the people are cautious of outsiders but they don't care as long as you behave.

Also, I have an issue with the movie as well, why would they pick Ned beatty when they had Burt or Jon to choose from????
 
2012-06-22 05:54:34 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: When I've driven through Rabun County I haven't seen anything even remotely suggesting that the movie was shot there. I don't think most of the locals are too happy with the film.


I investigated a fatal crash up there and one of the witnesses owned the hotel used in the filming when they shot the film, he was very proud of that.
 
2012-06-22 06:39:40 PM  

steamingpile: Igor Jakovsky: I've rafted that river in March during the spring thaw. The guide pointed out all the places the movie filmed. That river is fun as hell. We camped there too. It was 18 degrees at night.

As an aside the portrayal of the locals isn't far off. I have a southern accent but I could barely understand them. We went to the local McDonald's for breakfast and a couple of our friends were furriner looking types . We went in and it was like the record skipped and everyone stopped and stared. I doubt they had ever seen an indian or vietnamese guy before.

You're full of shiat, there have been all types of ethnicities in that area for a decade now with scenic rail rides and tourists groups coming through there. So to say it was like a needle skipped is a flat out lie, the people are cautious of outsiders but they don't care as long as you behave.

Also, I have an issue with the movie as well, why would they pick Ned beatty when they had Burt or Jon to choose from????


Yeah, Clayton used to be pretty isolated, but hell, US 441 goes through there and the development around it has made it bigger than most of its neighbors now. Sure, it's still very rural, but all of the north Ga mountains are. But not having ever seen an Indian or a Vietnamese? Bullshiat.

/Why, just the other day I saw a black AND a hispanic in Union county in the same day!
 
2012-06-22 06:52:40 PM  

Choestoe: But not having ever seen an Indian or a Vietnamese? Bullshiat.


The Days inn in Clayton is run by Indians
 
2012-06-22 07:01:57 PM  
Well, he's in sales. So, you know how it is!
 
2012-06-22 08:27:50 PM  

steamingpile: Igor Jakovsky: I've rafted that river in March during the spring thaw. The guide pointed out all the places the movie filmed. That river is fun as hell. We camped there too. It was 18 degrees at night.

As an aside the portrayal of the locals isn't far off. I have a southern accent but I could barely understand them. We went to the local McDonald's for breakfast and a couple of our friends were furriner looking types . We went in and it was like the record skipped and everyone stopped and stared. I doubt they had ever seen an indian or vietnamese guy before.

You're full of shiat, there have been all types of ethnicities in that area for a decade now with scenic rail rides and tourists groups coming through there. So to say it was like a needle skipped is a flat out lie, the people are cautious of outsiders but they don't care as long as you behave.

Also, I have an issue with the movie as well, why would they pick Ned beatty when they had Burt or Jon to choose from????


I was there almost 20 years ago so things may have changed a lot since then. My friends certainly felt out of place. All in all we had a damn good time. As far as the movie goes, maybe they were chubby chasers?
 
2012-06-22 08:44:36 PM  

steamingpile: Igor Jakovsky: I've rafted that river in March during the spring thaw. The guide pointed out all the places the movie filmed. That river is fun as hell. We camped there too. It was 18 degrees at night.

As an aside the portrayal of the locals isn't far off. I have a southern accent but I could barely understand them. We went to the local McDonald's for breakfast and a couple of our friends were furriner looking types . We went in and it was like the record skipped and everyone stopped and stared. I doubt they had ever seen an indian or vietnamese guy before.

You're full of shiat, there have been all types of ethnicities in that area for a decade now with scenic rail rides and tourists groups coming through there. So to say it was like a needle skipped is a flat out lie, the people are cautious of outsiders but they don't care as long as you behave.

Also, I have an issue with the movie as well, why would they pick Ned beatty when they had Burt or Jon to choose from????


more cushion for the pushin'? prettier mouth?
 
2012-06-22 09:54:33 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: an indian


dot head or feather head?
7-Eleven or Casino?
 
2012-06-22 10:38:05 PM  
Thinking of Section IV makes my mouth dry, though it's been 20 years since I kayaked the Chatooga.
 
2012-06-22 10:38:38 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: steamingpile: Igor Jakovsky: I've rafted that river in March during the spring thaw. The guide pointed out all the places the movie filmed. That river is fun as hell. We camped there too. It was 18 degrees at night.

As an aside the portrayal of the locals isn't far off. I have a southern accent but I could barely understand them. We went to the local McDonald's for breakfast and a couple of our friends were furriner looking types . We went in and it was like the record skipped and everyone stopped and stared. I doubt they had ever seen an indian or vietnamese guy before.

You're full of shiat, there have been all types of ethnicities in that area for a decade now with scenic rail rides and tourists groups coming through there. So to say it was like a needle skipped is a flat out lie, the people are cautious of outsiders but they don't care as long as you behave.

Also, I have an issue with the movie as well, why would they pick Ned beatty when they had Burt or Jon to choose from????

I was there almost 20 years ago so things may have changed a lot since then. My friends certainly felt out of place. All in all we had a damn good time. As far as the movie goes, maybe they were chubby chasers?


So you deliberately implied March like the past year now want to change, I still call bullshiat because my aunt lives up in that area and has been married to a man from India for the past 35 years. He's actually one of the few people from my dads side of the family that I can stand, most are just complete assholes.

Either way things do change in rural areas that have something to offer and the public becomes aware of it. We went to Colorado expressly to raft down the Arkansas river that runs through the royal gorge, most of the guides were wondering why we came out there since the Appalachian mountains have the best year round rapids. Those places have transformed the area, now most are tourist areas and the scenic trains bring even more people.
 
2012-06-22 11:39:05 PM  

freetomato: Pictures of the elusive Billy Redden today.

[jasonmaris.com image 199x300]
[jasonmaris.com image 300x200]


I saw him in-person somewhat recently - he works at the Walmart in Rabun Gap/Tiger.
 
2012-06-24 12:17:12 PM  
Weird, I was just watching the banjo scene last night.
 
2012-06-24 03:55:02 PM  
I live near Clayton. There are some of the nicest, most hospitable people you will ever meet that live here. The setting for the book/ movie was not North GA, although it was filmed here. Yes, many people who live here believe the movie casts mountain people in a negative light. There have been several movies filmed in this county including The Great Locomotive Chase starring Fess Parker, The Goats, Grizzley, The Long Riders, The Wettest County and the yet to be released The Killing Season with Deniro and Travolta. With over 63% of the county in National Forest land, it is a haven for outdoor adventurists. Tourism is the lifeblood of the area, and we see all kinds of individuals from all over the world. Come and visit!
 
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