Deliverance (1972) USA
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Director:John Boorman
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:John Boorman
Writer:James Dickey, James Dickey
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 10 nominations
Genre:Blackmail, Murder & Mayhem
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, French, Dolby Digital 1.0
Full Screen
John Boorman  ...  (Director)
James Dickey, James Dickey  ...  (Writer)
Jon Voight  ...  Ed Gentry
Burt Reynolds  ...  Lewis Medlock
Ned Beatty  ...  Bobby Trippe
Ronny Cox  ...  Drew Ballinger
Ed Ramey  ...  Old Man
Seamon Glass  ...  First Griner
Randall Deal  ...  Second Griner
Bill McKinney  ...  Mountain Man
Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward  ...  Toothless Man
Lewis Crone  ...  First Deputy
Ken Keener  ...  Second Deputy
Johnny Popwell  ...  Ambulance Driver
John Fowler  ...  Doctor
Kathy Rickman  ...  Nurse Lilley
Louise Coldren  ...  Mrs. Biddiford
Billy Redden  ...  Lonnie
Vilmos Zsigmond  ...  Cinematographer
Tom Priestley  ...  Editor
Comments: This is the weekend they didn't play golf.

Summary: One of the key films of the 1970s, John Boorman's Deliverance is a nightmarish adaptation of poet-novelist James Dickey's book about various kinds of survival in modern America. The story concerns four Atlanta businessmen of various male stripe: Jon Voight's character is a reflective, civilized fellow, Burt Reynolds plays a strapping hunter-gatherer in urban clothes, Ned Beatty is a sweaty, weak-willed boy-man, and Ronny Cox essays a spirited, neighborly type. Together they decide to answer the ancient call of men testing themselves against the elements and set out on a treacherous ride on the rapids of an Appalachian river. What they don't understand until it is too late is that they have ventured into Dickey's variation on the American underbelly, a wild, lawless, dangerous (and dangerously inbred) place isolated from the gloss of the late 20th century. In short order, the four men dig deep into their own suppressed primitiveness, defending themselves against armed cretins, facing the shock of real death on their carefully planned, death-defying adventure, and then squarely facing the suspicions of authority over their concealed actions. Boorman, a master teller of stories about individuals on peculiarly mythical journeys, does a terrifying and beautiful job of revealing the complexity of private and collective character--the way one can never be the same after glimpsing the sharp-clawed survivor in one's soul. --Tom Keogh