[[caption-width-right:300:[[Creator/BurtReynolds The star]] of the movie with [[CoolCar the other star.]] ]]

''Smokey and the Bandit'' is a 1977 action comedy film directed by Hal Needham, starring Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/SallyField, Jackie Gleason, and country singer Jerry Reed (who also sang the franchise's theme song, "East Bound and Down"). It is the TropeCodifier of the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative "Moonshiner on the run from Corrupt Hick cops"]] movie (even though, technically, moonshine had nothing to do with the plot of the films).

The plot revolves around truck driver Bo "Bandit" Darville (Reynolds), who is offered $80,000 to bootleg four hundred cases of Coors beer from [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texarkana, Texas]] to the Southern Classic truck rodeo in Georgia within 28 hours. The Bandit recruits fellow trucker Cledus "Snowman" Snow (Reed) to make the journey with him, with the Bandit's [[CoolCar Pontiac Firebird Trans Am]] acting as a spotter for Snowman's rig. On the journey back, the Bandit picks up a RunawayBride named Carrie (Field), making him the target of the jilted groom's father, [[CorruptHick Sheriff Buford T. Justice]] (Gleason). {{Hilarity|Ensues}} and a chase across the South ensue.

''Smokey'' was the second highest-grossing movie of 1977, beaten to the #1 spot by ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', and established Burt Reynolds as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the late '70s and early '80s. Two sequels were made, ''Smokey and the Bandit II'' in 1980 and ''Smokey and the Bandit Part 3'' ([[AbsenteeActor sans Reynolds and Field]]) in 1983. They did not end up doing as well in competition with the respective ''Star Wars'' films at the box office. In 1994, a grand total of four made-for-TV ''Bandit'' movies based upon the original trilogy were produced. They were subsequently released in a box set along with the original three, likely surprising many fans unaware of their existence.

Worth noting is that Creator/AlfredHitchcock once named the first film as his favorite movie ever made.

!!Breaker, breaker, Bandit Lister, this is Trope Reader, what kinda tropes ya haulin'?


[[folder: ''Smokey and the Bandit'']]
* TheAllegedCar: Buford's police cruiser becomes this as it gets smashed to hell. A RunningGag in the sequels, naturally:
** In the second film, the cruiser gets folded nearly in half, but is still somewhat driveable.
** In the third film. the cruiser's body is completely destroyed, leaving Buford to drive a bare frame on four wheels, with Junior holding the light bar over their heads.
* 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"
* AntiVillain: Buford T. Justice.
* AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing: "I can drive any fork'n thing around."
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Supposedly Texarkana Texas is 900 miles from Atlanta, whereas in the real world it's only 650 even avoiding interstates. Turning the "impossible" 28 hour round trip into something that is completely doable even obeying the speed limit. The Sequel hook of going from Atlanta to Boston and back in 18 hours though is completely impossible save by plane.
* AsideGlance: The Bandit gives one after hiding behind a building from the cops.
* BadassBoast
* BadassDriver: The Bandit.
* BarBrawl: Snowman gets his ass kicked in one after his dog, Fred, bites one of the patrons. [[MotorcycleDominoes He gets his revenge.]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The TV edit replaced "sum'bitch," Buford's CatchPhrase, with "scum bum". This phrase wound up becoming quite popular with children at the time. Years later, when Hot Wheels released a '70s Firebird Trans Am toy car, it had the word "scum bum" on the back as a reference to the TV edit.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Bandit does this when he smiles at the audience after eluding a cop on the way to Texarkana.
* BuffySpeak: Frog's comprehension of CB lingo leaves a bit to be desired.
-->I got the metal to the petal and the thing to the floor!
* ButtMonkey: Junior, hands down.
* CaptainObvious
-->'''Junior:''' Daddy, the top came off.
-->'''Buford T. Justice:''' No shit.
* CasualCarGiveaway: At the end, Big Enos gives Bo the keys to his convertible, leaving him with an even dozen.
* CatchPhrase: "I'm in the MIDDLE of a HOT PURSUIT!" "Sum'bitch!" (Not to mention "Scum Bum!" - the infamous TV edit version of the latter.)
* ChewingTheScenery: Buford T. Justice.
* CityMouse: Carrie, a Broadway dancer who is implied to be from New England (judging by her comment about taking a bus up to Jersey and walking the rest of the way home).
* CluelessDeputy: Junior.
* CoolCar: The Bandit's black Trans Am. It's not for nothing that the caption under the poster refers to it as "the ''other'' star" of the film.
* CorruptHick: Buford T. Justice has no idea that The Bandit is hauling illegal beer, which would have justified the pursuit at least within his jurisdiction--if not for the fact that he leaves said jurisdiction almost immediately. His pursuit is entirely [[ItsPersonal for personal reasons]] and thus qualifies as being corrupt. Of course, the titular Bandit ''is'' breaking the law left and right, so neither party comes to the plot with clean hands.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Buford delivers a classic.
-->'''Buford T. Justice''': I'm gonna barbeque your ass in molasses!
* CyclicNationalFascination: This film, along with the CW [=McCall=] song "Convoy", helped to kick off the CB radio and trucker fads in the late '70s.
* {{Determinator}}: Buford ''in every movie''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: ''Buford''.
* DynamicEntry: The door for the Coors warehouse is locked, so The Bandit kicks in the door.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Burt Reynolds' character is so widely associated with driving the fancy Trans Am featured in this film and the ones that followed that the early scenes in this first movie showing him actually ''driving a big rig'' feel downright strange.
* EpicRace
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Played with by Buford saying a black sheriff "sounded a little taller on radio." It's really an attempt to downplay racism.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Parodied by Buford T. Justice
* GreasySpoon: references to the "Choke-and-puke".
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Buford is breaking the law by continuing his pursuit of the Bandit by justifying that he is trying to dispense justice against "a maniac" but it is mostly because he feels insulted for Carrie leaving his son at the altar which then morphs into Buford wanting to apprehend the Bandit because the Bandit is Moby Dick to Buford's Ahab; but he is right in the fact that The Bandit has threatened the lives of many officers. The Bandit is running as a blocker for an illegal shipment of beer... not for any good cause but because of money and glory; it is only by sheer luck that most of the stunts pulled by Bandit does not result in the loss of innocent life. However, Bandit is helping a young woman escape from a marriage that she was not prepared for. And he is just so damn charming that you can't view him as a total villain and neither can anyone in the movie.
* HollywoodCB: Averted, mostly. Perhaps the TropeCodifier. Many ''learned'' their CB lingo from this and similar movies.
* 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.''
* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: Any and all cops that appear in this series graduated with honors, but Buford may as well have done a stint as dean for his sheer epic levels of vehicular demolition.
* HotPursuit: UpToEleven. Buford T. Justice [[ArtisticLicenseLaw seems to be under the impression that declaring he's doing this]] will allow him to continue chasing Bandit ''all over the United States'' without being disturbed by other law enforcement.
* InspectorJavert: Buford. He's RightForTheWrongReasons, though -- Bandit ''is'' committing multiple felonies, but Sheriff Justice ''begins'' his pursuit out of DisproportionateRetribution, adds multiple made-up charges as he goes along (on top of any real ones) and tops it off by having complete disregard of jurisdiction.
* InstantConvertible: In his wild pursuit of The Bandit, Sheriff Justice's patrol car eventually loses its top, among other things.
* JurisdictionFriction: At least one cop per film will question Sheriff Justice on what the hell he's doing so far away from his jurisdiction. Buford will insist that he's in "hot pursuit" and to get the hell out of his way. The plot will always prevent him from getting in deeper trouble (usually because said cop gets distracted by Bandit).
* TheLancer: Snowman to the Bandit.
* LemmingCops
* LovableRogue: Bandit. Everywhere he goes there are people lining up to help him out or at least cheer him on.
* MaleGaze: The camera lingers on Carrie's ass for about five seconds as she's reaching into the backseat.
* MetallicarSyndrome:
** The black 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans 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.
** Snowman's rig, in one film, is pulling a trailer with a large custom-painted mural on the side, which is very out of place for someone ostensibly trying to blend in with the hundreds of other 18 wheelers on the highway hauling plain white trailers or ones with less-conspicuous industrial graphics.
* 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.
** An early scene has Bo and Cledus heading back and are in Arkansas. A shot framing the back window of Bo's car clearly shows a Georgia state highway sign.
* MotorcycleDominoes: After Snowman gets beat up by bikers because his dog supposedly bit one of them, he stumbles outside and sees their bikes lined up. So he gets in his semi and runs over the entire line of them on his way out of the parking lot.
* MsFanservice: Carrie.
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Buford:''' No one makes a fool out of Buford T. Justice!
-->'''Junior:''' Except for that-
-->'''Buford:''' ''Shut your ass.''
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Bandit's real name is Bo Darville, but this is almost never mentioned.
* PlotHole: Buford never learns about the illegal cargo of beer; The Bandit never learns that the man that Frog left at the altar is Buford's son.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Buford, as seen with his reaction to finding out that Sheriff Branford is black. To say nothing of the casual sexism and homophobia.
-->'''Buford:''' Hey boy! Where's Sheriff Branford?
-->'''Branford:''' I ''am'' Sheriff Branford.
-->'''Buford:''' Oh OK. Hell, for some reason or another you sounded a little taller on radio. ''[turns to Buford Jr.]'' What in the hell is the world coming to?
* PornStache: Burt Reynolds, naturally.
%%* RammingAlwaysWorks: Snowman near the end to save The Bandit.
* RampJump: The "Reynolds Ramp" originator.
* RoadRunnerVsCoyote: Let's just say the Bandit and Snowman assume the roles of the Road Runner, managing to elude capture, while Sheriff Buford and the many policemen that pursue them collectively assume the role of the unfortunate Coyote.
* RunawayBride: Carrie.
* TheSheriff: Buford T. Justice.
* 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]].
* SoundEffectBleep: The only way they kept a PG rating.
-->'''Officer:''' I hope you'll accept my apologies for my profanity.
-->'''Buford T. Justice:''' Apology accepted. Now, (mouths "fuck off" but is bleeped out by truck horn)
* SupportingLeader: Bandit is essentially a ''professional'' leader, even if he's the main character.
* SweetHomeAlabama
* 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: In this case, This Is For Emphasis, Sum'bitch!
* WorthyOpponent: Buford and the Bandit both admit a mutual respect for the other's tenacity at the end over the CB.
-->'''Bandit:''' You must be part coon dog. 'Cause I've been chased by the best of 'em, but you make 'em all look like they're running in slow motion.
-->'''Buford:''' May I just say as the pursuer, you're just about the Goddamndest pursue-ee I ever pursued!
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Buford.
* 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.
** 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."

[[folder: ''Smokey and the Bandit II'']]
* CarFu: Buford's team of Mounties and Texas Rangers vs. the Bandit and Snowman's team of 18-wheelers. [[CurbStompBattle Guess who wins.]]
* TheCavalry: Snowman invokes this by bringing along some friends to save the Bandit.
* HardWorkMontage: Bandit even races ''racehorses''.
* InformedFlaw: Bandit, with regards to alcoholism, or at least being out of shape for drinking too many beers. Somewhat averted when he has to go through the HardWorkMontage to work it off, but even beforehand he still ''looks'' in pretty good shape.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Double Subverted. When the Bandit is about to leave the shipping yard, Buford blocks his path while holding his gun on him. The Bandit calls his marksmanship into question and tricks him into using up all of his ammo. However, Buford catches on and has Junior give him his gun. When the Bandit tries to escape, Buford tries to shoot him...and discovers Junior's gun is empty too. The Bandit makes a clean getaway.
-->'''Buford:''' Why didn't you have your gun loaded?!
-->'''Junior:''' When I put bullets in it, daddy, it gets too heavy.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Played with when Buford considers retirement following [[OutGambitted his attempt to capture the Bandit failing once again]]. Only to be subverted when Buford resumes his pursuit, [[BusesAreForFreaks now driving a Greyhound shuttle]].
* LighterAndSofter: Bandit, Snowman and Frog end up hauling an elephant in place of beer.
* LogoJoke: The Trans Am being chased around the Universal logo by the police car, before crashing and following with the Bandit's laugh.
* MassOhCrap
* RuleOfCool
-->Tackle that car.
* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: The city gas station attendant who puts the Bandit on his list of assholes. He puts the Bandit in the top two.
* ShoutOut: Reginald Van Justice of the Mounties is one to one of Jackie Gleason's old sketch-comedy characters, Reginald Van Gleason III.
* TookALevelInJerkass: The Bandit, largely due to his obsession with fame and money over everyone else's well-being - including Charlotte's. In fact, he still has his heart set on getting the job done after Charlotte conceives a baby [[ItMakesSenseInContext in a zoo area at night]].
* TookALevelInKindness: Then again, the Bandit does calm notably after he spots a tear from Charlotte's eye. So much so that he decides to put the elephants first over Big and Little Enos, and mends things up with Frog.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Buford's brothers, Reginald Van Justice and Gaylord Justice; like Buford, they're [[ActingForTwo played by Jackie Gleason]].
* YourOtherLeft
-->'''Security Officer:''' First dock on the left.
-->'''Bandit:''' Right.
-->'''Security Officer:''' No, left.

[[folder: ''Smokey and the Bandit Part 3'']]
* AbsenteeActor: Both Burt Reynolds and Sally Field opted out of this one, although Reynolds does appear in a brief [[TheCameo cameo]] toward the end when Buford confronts Cledus, who's taken on the Bandit role, and hallucinates that he's the "real" Bandit.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Somehow Big and Little Enos didn't notice the shark spelling Enos with an 'I' instead of an 'O'.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Smokey forgoes retirement to chase after "Bandit" (actually Cledus) once again.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite constantly putting his son Junior down throughout the trilogy, Buford still loves his son through thick and thin.
-->'''Buford:''' Junior... you are a brave little tick turd.
-->'''Junior:''' Aw, thank you Daddy!
* BeyondTheImpossible: Buford's police car continues running despite becoming a chassis on wheels.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Junior mistakes Buford's 'sixth sense' as currency.
-->'''Junior:''' I'd rather have a dime.
* DisguisedInDrag: Big Enos and Little Enos in an adult hotel. They didn't even bother in removing their moustaches, but [[AnythingThatMoves that didn't stop the group of men]], with [[AmbiguouslyGay Little Enos]] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim trying to remember one of the men's numbers]].
* FailedASpotCheck: See AccidentalMisnaming.
* 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.
* GroinAttack: Junior unintentionally hooks Buford's trousers while constantly attempting to cast near the end of the opening credits.
* HotterAndSexier: There's a scene with Buford and Jr. at a nudist encampment with multiple bare breasts. Surprisingly, the film still got a PG rating.
** Prior to that, Buford and Junior attempt to [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext find their missing shark mascot for Enos' Fish n' Chips in an adult hotel]].
* IronicEcho: Buford manages to give one to the policewoman trying to tow away his car, [[AintTooProudToBeg when she was begging for help]].
-->'''Buford:''' Not if you were Sugar Ray Leonard! (laughs)
* LogoJoke: The Universal logo starts up like a car, and the 'Universal' text is in a darker color.
* MyCarHatesMe: Snowman struggles to start the car in an attempt to escape. [[spoiler: He only does so when Buford allows him to leave.]]
* PantyShot: Colleen Camp (the film's Sally Field expy).
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Buford decks a fitness instructor in the opening credits for [[DisproportionateRetribution waking him up]].
* ShoutOut: ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Film/{{Patton}}'', and some ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' for good measure.
* StockFootage: The opening showcases a few minutes of the first two films. It also has the same clip of [[RuleOfThree the Bandit laughing three times]].
* TarAndFeathers: 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.
-->'''Buford:''' Here's how you handle the Klan, Junior.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Buford initially retires after 35 years of service, only to get back into the uniform and accept the bet after the opening credits.
-->'''Buford:''' Junior, retirement is cat shit.
* WellDoneSonGuy: More so here than the other two.
''That's a big 10-4!''