History Film / SmokeyAndTheBandit

8th Jan '16 6:27:55 PM dmcreif
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* HollywoodLaw: Sheriff Buford T. Justice is under the impression that being in 'hot pursuit' means that he has the authority to pursue the Bandit wherever he goes. That's not exactly how it works. That part of the hot pursuit doctrine does grant him the authority to chase Bandit over the county line (it was written so the police would not be hamstrung by red tape when dealing with criminals who immediately cross the border to another jurisdiction). He would not have the authority to continue chasing him all the way across that county and into the next, and the next, and the next, and the next, ultimately resulting in a chase across multiple ''states''. There is a point where Buford would be obliged to turn over the chase to people with either local jurisdiction for that region (the other local sheriffs) or simply a wider jurisdiction (state police or the FBI). Though even ''that'' could cause some potential difficulties, as at the beginning of the chase Buford didn't even have any proof that Bandit was doing anything illegal (yes, he ''was'' hauling several hundred cases of beer that was illegal to ship in bulk to that part of the country at the time, but Buford didn't know that), he was chasing the man for purely personal reasons. ''Making the entire pursuit illegal even within Buford's own jurisdiction.''
23rd Dec '15 5:30:36 AM hullflyer
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* PlotHole: Buford never learns about the illegal cargo of beer; The Bandit never learns that Frog left Junior at the altar.
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* PlotHole: Buford never learns about the illegal cargo of beer; The Bandit never learns that the man that Frog left Junior at the altar.altar is Buford's son.
28th Nov '15 12:16:59 AM drakensis
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** A version of YourMom is a RunningGag with Buford and Junior--Buford insults Junior's mother, but she is of course Buford's wife.
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** A version of YourMom is a RunningGag with Buford and Junior--Buford insults Junior's mother, but she is of course Buford's wife. Then again, "There is no way - no WAY - that you sprang from my loins."
14th Nov '15 1:19:54 AM KenKevinStriker
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[[caption-width-right:350:The star of the movie with [[CoolCar the ''other'' star.]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:The star of the movie with [[CoolCar the ''other'' other star.]] ]]
14th Nov '15 1:16:43 AM KenKevinStriker
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[[caption-width-right:350:The star of the movie with [[CoolCar the]] ''[[CoolCar other]]'' [[CoolCar star.]] ]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:The star of the movie with [[CoolCar the]] ''[[CoolCar other]]'' [[CoolCar the ''other'' star.]] ]]
14th Nov '15 1:15:14 AM KenKevinStriker
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* ShoutOut: ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Film/{{Patton}}''.
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* ShoutOut: ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Film/{{Patton}}''.''Film/{{Patton}}'', and some ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' for good measure.
12th Nov '15 12:56:22 PM maxwellsilver
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** In the second film, the curiser gets folded nearly in half, but is still somewhat driveable.
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** In the second film, the curiser cruiser gets folded nearly in half, but is still somewhat driveable.

* AluminumChristmasTrees: In 1977, it was indeed illegal to ship large amounts of Coors beer east of Texas due to state alcohol laws at the time. Since at the time the company still produced all of its beer in Colorado, it didn't bother to seek state licenses for parts of the country outside of a comfortable shipping range. * AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing: "I can drive any fork'n thing around."
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: AluminumChristmasTrees: ** In 1977, it was indeed illegal to ship large amounts of Coors beer east of Texas due to state alcohol laws at the time. Since at the time the company still produced all of its beer in Colorado, it didn't bother to seek state licenses for parts of the country outside of a comfortable shipping range. * ** There really was a Pontiac police package in the '70s. One was offered on the Catalina, another on the [=LeMans=], the latter being nicknamed the "[=LeMans=] Enforcer" %%* AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing: "I can drive any fork'n thing around."

* BadassBoast * BadassDriver
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* %%* BadassBoast * %%* BadassDriver

-->'''Buford T. Justice''': I'm gonna barbecue your ass in molasses!
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-->'''Buford T. Justice''': I'm gonna barbecue barbeque your ass in molasses!

* EpicRace
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* EverybodyOwnsAFord: There really was a Pontiac police package in the '70s. One was offered on the Catalina, another on the [=LeMans=], the latter being nicknamed the "[=LeMans=] Enforcer"

* HotPursuit
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* JurisdictionFriction
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* LemmingCops
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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Snowman near the end to save The Bandit.
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* %%* RammingAlwaysWorks: Snowman near the end to save The Bandit.

* SweetHomeAlabama
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* ThrowItIn: Jackie Gleason was given a lot of lee-way to ad lib. The scene where he meets Bandit at the choke'n'puke without knowing it was his idea.

* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Buford.
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* %%* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Buford.

* MassOhCrap
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* ShoutOut: Reginald Van Justice of the Mounties is one to one of Jackie Gleason's old skecth-comedy characters, Reginald Van Gleason III.
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* ShoutOut: Reginald Van Justice of the Mounties is one to one of Jackie Gleason's old skecth-comedy sketch-comedy characters, Reginald Van Gleason III.
30th Oct '15 11:33:18 AM Skywatcher
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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: -->Oh, pardon me. For some reason you sounded a little taller on radio.
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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: -->Oh, pardon me. For some reason you sounded ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Played with by Buford saying a black sheriff "sounded a little taller on radio." It's really an attempt to downplay racism.
18th Oct '15 4:56:08 PM mlsmithca
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Also mass fixing indentation and moving YMMV and Trivia entries to the appropriate pages. And for goodness' sake, "more so" is TWO WORDS.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: When a Georgia Highway patrolman tries to throw his weight around against Buford, Sheriff Justice puts him in his place. Hard. The patrolman is cowed at once.

* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Was there really a Pontiac police package in the '70s?? ** There were a couple, actually. One was offered on the Catalina, another on the [=LeMans=], the latter being nicknamed the "[=LeMans=] Enforcer"
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* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Was there There really was a Pontiac police package in the '70s?? ** There were a couple, actually.'70s. One was offered on the Catalina, another on the [=LeMans=], the latter being nicknamed the "[=LeMans=] Enforcer"

* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Was there really a Pontiac police package in TheLancer: Snowman to the '70s?? ** There were a couple, actually. One was offered on the Catalina, another on the [=LeMans=], the latter being nicknamed the "[=LeMans=] Enforcer"Bandit.

* MetallicarSyndrome: The black 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. ** This is actually an aversion, as the entire point of The Bandit's car is to draw Smokey's attention away from the tractor-trailer he is escorting.
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* MetallicarSyndrome: MetallicarSyndrome: ** The black 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. ** This Am is actually an aversion, as the entire point of The Bandit's car is to draw Smokey's attention away from the tractor-trailer he is escorting.

* TheMountainsOfIllinois: While northern Georgia has mountains, Northeastern Texas does not, as the nearest is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouachita_Mountains 100 miles]] to the north.
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* TheMountainsOfIllinois: TheMountainsOfIllinois: ** While northern Georgia has mountains, Northeastern Texas does not, as the nearest is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouachita_Mountains 100 miles]] to the north.

-->'''Buford:''' ''Shut your *ss.'' * PlayingAgainstType: [[TheHoneymooners Jackie Gleason]] was a native New Yorker. He plays an East Texas redneck in all three movies.
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-->'''Buford:''' ''Shut your *ss.'' * PlayingAgainstType: [[TheHoneymooners Jackie Gleason]] was a native New Yorker. He plays an East Texas redneck in all three movies.ass.''

* TheRedStapler: After this movie came out, there was a ''six-month'' waiting list to purchase black Trans Ams.

* TheLancer: Snowman to the Bandit. * TheSeventies

** ShoutOut: Much of Buford's dialogue in the TV Edit was redubbed by Henry Corden, whose most famous character [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] was inspired by Gleason's most famous character [[Series/TheHoneymooners Ralph Kramden]].
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** * ShoutOut: Much of Buford's dialogue in the TV Edit was redubbed by Henry Corden, whose most famous character [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] was inspired by Gleason's most famous character [[Series/TheHoneymooners Ralph Kramden]].

* TakeTheWheel: Lampshaded; it turns out to be harder to do this than it looks. ** Also a ThisIsReality moment as Bandit comments that it's easier in the movies. * [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch This Is For Emphasis, Sum'bitch!]]
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* TakeTheWheel: Lampshaded; it turns out to be harder to do this than it looks. ** looks. Also a ThisIsReality moment as Bandit comments that it's easier in the movies. * [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: In this case, This Is For Emphasis, Sum'bitch!]]Sum'bitch!

* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''That's'' a big 10-4.

* YourMom: "Your mama's so ugly..."
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* YourMom: YourMom: ** Little Enos tries to bait Bandit into accepting the dare by hinting he's too cowardly to take up the challenge. An amused bandit asks Little Enos why he doesn't insult his mother while he's at it. Little Enos replies, "Your mama's so ugly..."" before Big Enos cuts him off.

* ForTheEvulz: Big Enos and Little Enos. While the other two bets (well, three) actually had reasons behind them, the one they foist onto Buford in the third film is purely to alleviate boredom. ** And possibly to get Buford to [[TurnInYourBadge turn in his badge]] (which was Buford's end of the wager, should he not complete the run successfully) to remove his interference with future deals.
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* ForTheEvulz: Big Enos and Little Enos. While the other two bets (well, three) actually had reasons behind them, the one they foist onto Buford in the third film is purely to alleviate boredom. ** boredom. And possibly to get Buford to [[TurnInYourBadge turn in his badge]] (which was Buford's end of the wager, should he not complete the run successfully) to remove his interference with future deals.

* ShoutOut: ''StarWars'' and ''Film/{{Patton}}''. * TarAndFeathers
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* ShoutOut: ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Film/{{Patton}}''. * TarAndFeathersTarAndFeathers: For all his flaws, Buford [[EvenEvilHasStandards has no respect for the Ku Klux Klan]], and causes a truckful of Klansmen harassing an African-American group to get covered in tar and feathers.

** Also, arguably, EvenEvilHasStandards. * WellDoneSonGuy: Moreso here than the other two. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: The infamous "Smokey IS the Bandit" story. Supposedly, JackieGleason was going to play a [[ActingForTwo dual role]]. The most readily available proof that the film was originally shot this way is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu4Ht2opvqY trailer]] in which Gleason as Justice addresses the audience directly and declares that he has literally stepped into the Bandit's shoes in the new film.
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** Also, arguably, EvenEvilHasStandards. * WellDoneSonGuy: Moreso More so here than the other two. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: The infamous "Smokey IS the Bandit" story. Supposedly, JackieGleason was going to play a [[ActingForTwo dual role]]. The most readily available proof that the film was originally shot this way is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu4Ht2opvqY trailer]] in which Gleason as Justice addresses the audience directly and declares that he has literally stepped into the Bandit's shoes in the new film.two.
18th Oct '15 4:49:53 PM mlsmithca
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Dear lord, how long has that been there??
* HollywoodCB: Averted, mostly. Perhaps the TropeCodifier. Many in this troper's generation ''learned'' their CB lingo from this and similar movies.
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* HollywoodCB: Averted, mostly. Perhaps the TropeCodifier. Many in this troper's generation ''learned'' their CB lingo from this and similar movies.
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