It doesn’t get much better than Burt Reynolds and running beer
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We expect the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit to be given a lot of screen time soon giving the recent passing of its star, Burt Reynolds.
Plus, it’s just darn entertaining. The plot is basically this: A wealthy Texan living in Georgia misses his beloved Coors beer, but it’s not legally sold further east than Texarkana. He hires Bo “Bandit” Darville to smuggle some back to Georgia for him.
Bandit, in turn, hires his friend to drive the truck while he hops behind the wheel of that Pontiac Firebird Trans Am to serve as a distraction to the cops. And does he ever create a distraction. By the end of the film, it looks like every cop in between Texas and Georgia is breathing down Bandit’s neck.
The film ends with Bandit accepting another offer to make a clam chowder run to Boston and back in 18 hours, with Bandit offering a Texas sheriff the opportunity to chase him.