Deliverance R

What did happen on the Cahulawassee River?
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: September 18, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1972
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround 5.1 English
    • Mono 1. French

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Art Direction by
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Sometimes you gotta lose yourself before you can find anything."
  - Lewis Medlock (Burt Reynolds)

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh90%

Total Count: 61


User Ratings: 49,336
Rating: 4/5 -- This gripping drama was a controversial release back in the early 70s, and its distressing intensity hasn't really diminished in the decades since.Just remember, once you go with its powerful flow, there ain't no turnin' back. Full Review
Herald Sun (Australia)
Sep 6, 2019
Rating: 2.5/5 -- So many of Dickey's lumpy narrative ideas remain in his screenplay that John Boorman's screen version becomes a lot less interesting than it has any right to be.
New York Times
May 20, 2003
...[Its] genre's one true masterpiece....DELIVERANCE intends to stir both soul and conscience... -- Rating: A+
Entertainment Weekly
Mar 10, 1995
It's quietly positive moments are stomped out by the pervasive brutality and uncompromising sadism. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Jan 6, 2020
...profoundly distasteful. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 9, 2019
It's the stuff of which slapdash oaters and crime programmers are made but the obvious ambitions of Deliverance are supposed to be on a higher plane. Full Review
Sep 18, 2007
It's a haunting, nightmarish vision. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006

Product Description:

Director John Boorman's harrowing adaptation of James Dickey's best-selling novel is a nightmarish descent into backwoods Americana. When four unsuspecting urbanites head into the mountains of northern Georgia for a weekend canoe trip, they have no idea what's in store for them. The group's macho leader, Lewis Medlock (Burt Reynolds), is driven by Hemingway-esque notions of man's ability to conquer nature, while his three friends--Bobby Trippe (Ned Beatty), Drew Ballinger (Ronny Cox), and Ed Gentry (Jon Voight)--aren't so sure. As the men begin to navigate their way down the precarious rapids, they discover that nature isn't the only one out to get them. The eventual appearance of two menacing hillbillies turns the vacation into an all-out nightmare.

Photographed by the great Vilmos Zsigmond (MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, THE DEER HUNTER), DELIVERANCE is a compelling meditation on the dangers of masculine ritual. Reynolds dives headlong into the role that would make him a superstar, as does Beatty, whose legendary big-screen debut will never be forgotten. Boorman's thriller made two other lasting contributions to the pop-culture lexicon: the dueling-banjos sequence and the infamous line, "Squeal like a pig!"

Plot Synopsis:

Based on James Dickey's novel, this harrowing film tells the story of an ill-fated canoe trip in deep backwoods America, where some of the natives are as scary as the country is beautiful. The film spawned the hit song "Dueling Banjos."


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: July 7, 1972
  • Shot on location in Rabun County and Tallulah Gorge, Georgia, and South Carolina.
  • Burt Reynolds helped good buddy Ned Beatty land the rather unfortunate part of Bobby.
  • Both writer James Dickey and Boorman's son, Charley, have cameos.
  • In the true spirit of 1970s Hollywood cinema, Boorman had the actors perform their own stunts.
  • James Dickey won the National Book Award for his poetry in 1965. DELIVERANCE was his first novel. It was published in 1970.
  • The National Board of Review named the film one of their "Ten Best Films of 1972."

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  • UPC: 085391165125
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