Deliverance
Deliverance is the story of four urban dwellers from Atlanta on a weekend canoe and camping trip, totally vulnerable in the alien wild, and pit themselves against the hostile violence of nature.

I love Deliverance: slight start to a trip into unknown and potentially dangerous territory. Don’t forget the music, there is a memorable music scene, where the Drew Ballinger character plays the instrumental Dueling Banjos ( listen to Deliverance ) on his guitar with a mentally challenged mountain boy.

Deliverance (1972) is British director John Boorman’s gripping, absorbing action-adventure film about four friends who encounter disaster in a summer weekend’s river-canoeing trip. The exciting Boorman pic, most remembered for its inspired banjo duel and the brutal, violent action (and sodomy scene), was based on James Dickey’s adaptation of his own novel.

Do know what’s gonna be here? Right here? A lake. As far as the eyes can see. Hundreds of feet deep. HUNDREDS of feet deep. Did you ever look out over a lake and think of somethin’ buried underneath it? Buried underneath it. Well man, that’s just about as buried as you can get.

Lewis

Deliverance – Banjo Duel

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The instrumental song “Dueling Banjos” won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance. The film was selected by The New York Times as one of The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, while the viewers of Channel 4 in the United Kingdom voted it no. 45 in a list of The 100 Greatest Films.

Cast

Jon Voight as Ed Gentry
Burt Reynolds as Lewis Medlock
Ned Beatty as Bobby Trippe
Ronny Cox as Drew Ballinger
Billy Redden as Lonnie (banjo boy)
Bill McKinney as Mountain Man
Herbert ‘Cowboy’ Coward as Toothless Man
James Dickey as Sheriff Bullard
Macon McCalman as Arthur Queen

Films directed by John Boorman

1960s

Catch Us If You Can (1965)
Point Blank (1967)
Hell in the Pacific (1968)

1970s

Leo the Last (1970)
Deliverance (1972)
Zardoz (1974)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

1980s

Excalibur (1981)
The Emerald Forest (1985)
Hope and Glory (1987)

1990s

Where the Heart Is (1990)
I Dreamt I Woke Up (1991)
Two Nudes Bathing (1995)
Beyond Rangoon (1995)
The General (1998)

2000s

The Tailor of Panama (2001)
In My Country (2004)
The Tiger’s Tail (2006)

Film Info

Directed byJohn Boorman
Produced byJohn Boorman
Written byNovel:
James Dickey
Screenplay:
James Dickey
StarringJon Voight
Burt Reynolds
Ned Beatty
Ronny Cox
James Dickey
CinematographyVilmos Zsigmond
Editing byTom Priestley
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date(s)July 30, 1972
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$2 million
Box office$46,122,355


Deliverance

Deliverance