Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Four Men, Forty Years: Deliverance

Four Men, Forty Years: Deliverance


"Because they're building a dam across the Cahulawassee River. They're gonna flood a whole valley, Bobby, that's why. Dammit, they're drownin' the river...Just about the last wild, untamed, unpolluted, unfucked up river in the South. Don't you understand what I'm saying?...They're gonna stop the river up. There ain't gonna be no more river. There's just gonna be a big, dead lake...You just push a little more power into Atlanta, a little more air-conditioners for your smug little suburb, and you know what's gonna happen? We're gonna rape this whole god-damned landscape. We're gonna rape it." -- Lewis (Burt Reynolds)

Ed here: The truly amazing Kim Morgan not only writes about the film forty years after its initial release she interviews the principal actors.


Burt Reynolds was still full of swagger, quick-witted, smart and charmingly flirtatious. Ned Beatty was jokingly ornery while being genuinely curious about how his wife's golf game was going. Jon Voight was warm and pensive but quick to laugh. Ronny Cox was thoughtful and down to earth. They were all surprisngly easy to talk to, in fact, and all incredibly intelligent. Watching them interact I, at times, felt like I had sat down at a poker game among good buddies -- playfully ribbing and riffing off each other, these men were so comfortable with one another they clearly bonded during that tough shoot all those years back and that bond remains.

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