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Dale Cooper Black

Smokey and the Bandit Part II

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Why start with part two? Because this is that rare sequel which, like the Godfather Part II and the Exorcist Part II, surpasses the original in my opinion.


Smokey and the Bandit Part II (or as we fanatics refer to it, Smokey II) deserves to be in the Canon on the basis of its spectacular car chase involving 50 trucks and 50 cop cars, if nothing else. Jackie Gleason gives his most masterful performance, and Burt Reynolds is great as always. I think we can all agree with Roger Ebert when he raves that "...this movie is just what you're looking for."


I watched this movie with my dad when I was a boy. He was a truck driver who was rarely home even before the divorce, and this movie is one of the few memories I have of him before he died in a horrible, multi-vehicle trucking accident, but I don't think nostalgia is clouding my judgment at all.

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