Featuring a badass, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, a convoys worth of 18-wheel tractor-trailers, all the CB Radio chatter and colorful CB handles or nicknames you could take and an endless supply of crashed and crumpled police cruisers and motorcycles. Smokey and the Bandit injected 6.6 liters into America’s vernacular and everyone between the ages of 8 and 50 wanted a “Screaming Chicken” decal on their hoods and knew that if you’re “eastbound and down,” then dang it, you’re “loaded up and trucking” determined to do “what they say can’t be done.”
A pair of rich Texan’s, Big Enos & Little Enos Burdette lay down a challenge consisting of a trip from Atlanta, Georgia, to Texarkana, Texas, to pick up 400 cases of Coors (previously available only west of the Mississippi River) and return it to Atlanta in under 28 hours. Why? For the good old American life; for money, for the glory and for the fun. But mostly for the $80,000 in prize money.
Smokey and the Bandit became so much a part of American popular culture, it’s hard to believe it’s a 30+ year-old movie. Casting Burt Reynolds as a professional showoff, Bo Bandit, Sally Field as a runaway from the alter bride, Frog, Jerry Reed as the semi driver, Cletus Snowman with his trusty dog Fred the Basstt Hound. And Jackie Gleason in his epic role of Sheriff Buford T. Justice, of Texarkana—driving with his idiot son in “Hot Pursuit” of the Bandit.