Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Smokey and the Bandit

Burt Reynolds stars in Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit (1977)! And we answer questions like: Are the stunts any good? How does CB radio work? And are Firebird Trans Ams cool? Listen now to find out!

Can Bandit bring a truckload of beer into Georgia in under 28 hours? Of course he can! The fun is in watching him do it. In this podcast episode, Scott Croco and Mike Young unhack Smokey and the Bandit (1977).

Episode Log:

  • May 1977 trivia (2:05)
  • Sally Field – brief career history (3:40)
  • Burt Reynolds – career history (6:15)
  • Hal Needham – career history (14:15)
  • Summary of Smokey and the Bandit‘s story/plot (20:20)
  • General movie review (22:50)
  • Burt Reynolds’s performance (25:10)
  • Stunts and practical stunt work (29:00)
  • Jackie Gleason as Buford Justice (33:35)
  • Breaking through roadblocks (35:25)
  • Jerry Reed’s theme song, Eastbound and Down (36:10)
  • Transporting Coors beer in the 70s (37:45)
  • Film’s ending (38:15)
  • CB Radio technology and CB slang (39:05)
  • Mike and Scott personal experience with CB (44:35)
  • The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition (47:00)
  • Scott’s Camaro ownership story (51:00)
  • Firebird Trans Am sales numbers (56:50)
  • Budget, Box Office and critics (59:30)

1976 Chevy Camaro
Scott’s high school whip ^

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Episode 019 – Smokey and the Bandit (1977) unhacked!
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