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(YouTube) Video Saturday Cinema, Deliverance 1972 - Okay, youngsters. If you haven't seen this camping-trip-gone-wrong story, track this picture down to have the crap scared out of you by deranged hillbillies   (youtube.com) divider line 30
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2014-01-11 10:54:02 AM  
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They should have played golf.

The basic story is of four Atlanta businessmen on a river trip. These modern men are wholly unprepared for what happens when they raise the ire of some moonshiners they encounter. Reduced to men on the run, the four struggle to make it back to their car to floor it out of the woods. Needless to say, the it's not that simple.

Apparently the book is quite poetic. During the rehearsals for this film, apparently the actors really struggled to get the beauty of the land that author James Dickey has in the novel. Hollywood mainstay Ned Beatty explains.

This thriller was directed by John Boorman who went on to create Beyond Rangoon, the Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, Excalibur, Tailor of Panama, Point Blank which is apparently being re-made again and the much derided Zardoz. Deliverance was merely one of the five Oscar winning films he made. He's still working and his next picture, Queen and Country, will be in theatres soon-ish. Ebert didn't like the film's glossing over of Dickey's themes in favour of the thriller aspect of the story, but as Dickey agreed to a walk on part on the film, I guess he accepted the changes. There may be more to it than that. According to Wiki:During the filming of a canoe scene, an inebriated James Dickey engaged in a bitter argument with Boorman. The result was a brief fistfight - Boorman had his nose broken and four of his teeth shattered - Dickey was thrown off the set, yet no charges were filed. The two made up and became good friends, culminating in Dickey's role as the sheriff at the end of the film.

As an aside, the famous squeal like a pig line was improvised and not included in the original text. James Dickey's son, Christopher, in his book, Summer of Deliverance, said that it was one of the crewmen who suggested that Beatty's character, Bobby, "squeal like a pig"-to add some backwoods horror to the scene and to make it more shocking. According to Boorman's running commentary on the home media releases, the studio wanted the scene shot two ways, one of which would be acceptable for TV. Boorman did not want to do this, and as "squeal like a pig", suggested by Frank Rickman, a Clayton native, was a good replacement for the (presumably obscene) dialogue in the script, it was substituted, as it would work for both the theatrical and TV versions.

 We remember Burt Reyonds now as the colossal star of the 1970s, but it was this '72 picture that gave him that stardom. This was the biggest grossing film of the year making about 45 million in the US. (These days that's the catering budget, eh?) After this, Reynolds was done with playing cops and cowboys on television. While I never really cared for him as an actor,  Reynolds did try to create a film industry in the South East but apparently it was cable television that really cemented visual production in the region. Hollywood 2 ended up being in Vancouver.

Another name of note is the Hungarian Director of Photography, Vilmos Zsigmond who is still working but also shot Sugarland Express, Close Encounters, The Deerhunter, The Long Goodbye, The Rose, Blow-Out, and Bonfire of the Vanities.

Actor John Voight is still acting, but has basically become a religious crackpot. He was quite good in follow-up films Odessa File and Runaway Train and the Champ. Here's a promo documentary that accompanied the release of Deliverance.

A link to last week's Saturday Cinema.
 
2014-01-11 11:22:43 AM  
As a footnote, the version shown on TV (even basic cable in many cases) edits out some graphic but important details. For the full experience, you need to see the uncut version, which sometimes is advertised with the tag line "What REALLY happened on the Cahulawassee River?" -- contrast with the official tag line on the poster above.
 
2014-01-11 12:47:44 PM  
I squeal like a pig every time I see this movie.
 
2014-01-11 01:11:20 PM  

czetie: As a footnote, the version shown on TV (even basic cable in many cases) edits out some graphic but important details. For the full experience, you need to see the uncut version, which sometimes is advertised with the tag line "What REALLY happened on the Cahulawassee River?" -- contrast with the official tag line on the poster above.


I remember being a kid and hearing about the dreaded 'film' version. It was a fact of life of life in the 70s that the TV versions of films were cut down and sometimes this meant that the TV versions were better, as in Midway. However, as a kid, what I imagined the film versions to be was generally much, much worse that what I saw eventually. Interestingly, there are several poster variants from the shot gun emerging from the water classic image. The canoe coming out of the eye is pure 70s but I also rather like this one even though its seems to say 'horror' rather than 'thriller.'

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2014-01-11 01:37:06 PM  
One of my top 10 favorites. Wifey hates it (specifically the you-know-what scene).

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They should have played golf.

The basic story is of four Atlanta businessmen on a river trip. These modern men are wholly unprepared for what happens when they raise the ire of some moonshiners they encounter. Reduced to men on the run, the four struggle to make it back to their car to floor it out of the woods. Needless to say, the it's not that simple.


Interesting factoids there, thanks.
 
2014-01-11 02:00:25 PM  
The river that they used for the kayak races in the 1996 Atlanta games was the same one they filmed this movie on. The only reason I know this is because it is the subject of one of the only Jeff Foxworthy jokes that I ever enjoyed.
 
2014-01-11 02:59:17 PM  
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2014-01-11 03:13:21 PM  

gaslight: However, as a kid, what I imagined the film versions to be was generally much, much worse that what I saw eventually.


It's been a long time since I saw either cut, but IIRC the most notorious change was that the theater version is much more explicit about the rape scene. If somebody had only ever seen the TV version, they could easily come away wondering what actually happened there.
 
2014-01-11 03:16:01 PM  
Drop a few hits of acid and get lost in the outskirts of Morgantown, WV.  I guarantee you your imagination won't be your worst enemy.
 
2014-01-11 03:25:43 PM  
He got a real pretty mouth ain't he?

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2014-01-11 04:00:39 PM  
Some of my friends and family are offended by this movie.
I, myself, am quite appreciative.
I can't count the number of times a Deliverance-inspired hillbilly rape fantasy has gotten me laid.
 
2014-01-11 04:01:38 PM  
Read the Dickey novel as well.
 
2014-01-11 04:19:13 PM  
The movie is ruined for me when it reaches the absurd notion that even a hillbilly would choose to fark Ned Beatty over Jon Voight.
 
2014-01-11 05:40:52 PM  
My family considers this to be a home movie....
 
2014-01-11 06:50:30 PM  

Ebenator: Read the Dickey novel as well.


This.

optikeye: The movie is ruined for me when it reaches the absurd notion that even a hillbilly would choose to fark Ned Beatty over Jon Voight.


Ok, now THAT'S funny.

Guuberre: My family considers this to be a home movie....


So is that.
 
2014-01-11 07:59:37 PM  
When I was about 12 or so my Dad suddenly decided I needed to see Deliverance. After going on and on about it for days, he brought it home from the video rental place one Saturday and put it in after dinner.  Mom wouldn't watch it - she left the room.  Dad said not a word about anything.  I thought it was a horrible old movie and really not very good. I was a bit surprised they let me watch the rape scene because they never really let me see those kind of movies but I figured it must have been one Dads favorites from the way he kept going on and on about it.  About 15 years later, I finally clued in as to why Dad wanted to watch it - it's not that he liked it very much either but he wanted me to see it as a warning.  There's no way he'd ever discuss a topic like anal sex or rape, but he was trying to educate me about it nonetheless.  Dad had a few hang ups that way.
 
2014-01-11 09:05:53 PM  
In college my wife screened the movie for a couple of friends visiting from France. During the Ned Beatty rape scene they said, "No say "oui", say "no!"
 
2014-01-11 09:08:41 PM  

Bruce the Deuce: In college my wife screened the movie for a couple of friends visiting from France. During the Ned Beatty rape scene they said, "No say "oui", say "no!"


Now THAT'S funny.
 
2014-01-11 10:16:45 PM  
A low rent version is "Southern Comfort" about National Guardsmen who fark with the wrong Cajuns while on annual training in the bayou. Young Powers Boothe.....grrrrrr!
 
2014-01-11 10:54:20 PM  
With all the gays Atlanta nowadays, if some backwood pervs ass raped a group of Atlanta businessmen the town would start a canoeing trend as soon as the word got out.
 
2014-01-11 11:14:42 PM  

varmitydog: With all the gays Atlanta nowadays, if some backwood pervs ass raped a group of Atlanta businessmen the town would start a canoeing trend as soon as the word got out.


If you were shooting for "slack jawed yokel troll" you hit the mark. Yee haw.
 
2014-01-12 12:34:59 AM  

freetomato: A low rent version is "Southern Comfort" about National Guardsmen who fark with the wrong Cajuns while on annual training in the bayou. Young Powers Boothe.....grrrrrr!


Yeah, I vaguely remember seeing that one on cable at some point. And he made an awesome Jim Jones, but I don't recall seeing him in much else. Was he also in some sort of D.C./Kennedys deal?
 
2014-01-12 03:02:45 AM  

optikeye: The movie is ruined for me when it reaches the absurd notion that even a hillbilly would choose to fark Ned Beatty over Jon Voight.


More cushion for the pushin'...
 
2014-01-12 03:09:31 AM  
In the late 80's I was invited to go on a 4-day Summer "leadership camp" for high school juniors sponsored by the local Rotary Club.  The first night after dinner they gathered all 150 or so of us into the main pavilion for a movie about four guys going on a camping trip.  About two hours later we emerged into the pitch blackness of the woods to find our way silently through the trees to our bunks.

I'm sure the guys running the camp had a good chuckle about showing Deliverance to a bunch of teenagers under those circumstances. Builds character I guess.
 
2014-01-12 03:11:28 AM  

Ebenator: Read the Dickey novel as well.


^^ Yes.
The stalking scene in that book is epic.
 
2014-01-12 10:05:15 AM  
HTF do I f*ck up by clicking the link, only to see the 3:00 trailer?
 
2014-01-12 11:08:42 AM  

Lava Lamp Repairman: HTF do I f*ck up by clicking the link, only to see the 3:00 trailer?


I asked that in another one of these threads a while back and got a non-answer.  Must be an "in" crowd thing.

Can't even get it on-demand at Netflix, but checking there did remind me to cancel my Netflix subscription.  So at least there's that.
 
2014-01-12 12:10:58 PM  

Lava Lamp Repairman: HTF do I f*ck up by clicking the link, only to see the 3:00 trailer?


Word has come down from Fark High Command that Saturday Cinema should not link to full movies any more.
 
2014-01-12 02:27:33 PM  
I still want to go to a national park, put a solar powered, motion activated, music player playing banjo music in a tree just off a hiking trail.  I get the feeling you could get some great youtube videos out of it.
 
2014-01-12 03:25:39 PM  

mccoma: I still want to go to a national park, put a solar powered, motion activated, music player playing banjo music in a tree just off a hiking trail.  I get the feeling you could get some great youtube videos out of it.


Brilliant
 
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