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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.




John Boorman


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.

Film Info


Directed byJohn Boorman
Produced byJohn Boorman
Written byNovel:
James Dickey
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
Budget$2 million
Box office$46,122,355
Film Info

Films directed by John Boorman


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


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


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


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


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

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