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'''''Smokey and the Bandit''''' is a 1977 movie starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, and country singer Jerry Reed, who also sang the film's theme song "East Bound and Down". It is the TropeCodifier of the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative "Moonshiner on the run from Corrupt Hick cops"]] movie. 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.

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* ActorAllusion: "Soon as I get home, first thing I'm gonna do is punch yo mamma in the mouth". Is your wife's name by any chance [[Series/TheHoneymooners Alice]], Sheriff?
* TheAllegedCar: Buford's police cruiser becomes this as it gets smashed to hell. A RunningGag in the sequels, naturally:
** In the second film, the curiser 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.
* 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
* 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.
* ButtMonkey: Junior, hands down.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was mostly filmed in Georgia, which not only appears as itself, but is also used to represent four other Southern states. The scene where they drive through the Shell gas station was also filmed in Ojai, California.
* CaptainObvious
-->'''Junior:''' Daddy, the top came off.
-->'''Buford T. Justice:''' No shit.
* CatchPhrase: "I'm in the MIDDLE of a HOT PURSUIT!" "Sum'bitch!"
* 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 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 barbecue 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.
* EpicRace
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller:
-->Oh, pardon me. For some reason you sounded a little taller on radio.
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Was there really a Pontiac police package in the '70s??
* FollowTheLeader: ''Smokey'' came after a 1975 film called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonrunners Moonrunners]]'', and ''The Dukes of Hazzard'' soon followed.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Parodied by Buford T. Justice
* GreasySpoon: references to the "Choke-and-puke".
* HollywoodCB: Perhaps the TropeCodifier.
* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy
* HotPursuit
* InstantConvertible: In his wild pursuit of The Bandit, Sheriff Justice's patrol car eventually loses its top, among other things.
* JurisdictionFriction
* 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.
** 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.
** 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.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[TheHoneymooners Jackie Gleason]] was a native New Yorker. He plays an East Texas redneck in all three movies.
* PlotHole: Buford never learns about the illegal cargo of beer; The Bandit never learns that Frog left Junior at the altar.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Buford, as seen with his reaction to finding out that Sheriff Branford is black. To say nothing of the casual sexism and homophobia.
* PornStache: Burt Reynolds, naturally.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Snowman near the end to save The Bandit.
* RampJump: The "Reynolds Ramp" originator.
* TheRedStapler: After this movie came out, there was a ''six-month'' waiting list to purchase black Trans Ams.
* RunawayBride: Carrie.
* TheLancer: Snowman to the Bandit.
* TheSeventies
* 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 This Is For Emphasis, Sum'bitch!]]
* 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.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''That's'' a big 10-4.
* 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: "Your mama's so ugly..."
** 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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* 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:''' Junior! Why didn't you have your gun loaded?!
-->'''Junior:''' When I put bullets in it, daddy, it gets too heavy.
* MassOhCrap
* RuleOfCool
-->Tackle that car.
* ShoutOut: Reginald Van Justice of the Mounties is one to one of Jackie Gleason's old skecth-comedy characters, Reginald Van Gleason III.
* 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.
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* 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.
AndTheAdventureContinues: Smokey forgoes retirement to chase after "Bandit" (actually Cledus) once again.
* DrivingIntoATruck: A speeder calls for help to a trucker hauling a empty car carrier when being pursued by a state cop. The trucker agrees. With some fancy driving the speeder loses the cop by driving aboard the car carrier... or so he thinks. The speeder unexpectedly gets a tap on his window, and the cop is there asking him for his license and registration. (Its implied that the cop has driven aboard the car carrier also.) The speeder gets out of the ticket because the truck hasn't stopped, and they all cross a state line, so the cop is now out of his jurisdiction.
* 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.
* 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.
* PantyShot: Colleen Camp (the film's Sally Field expy).
* ShoutOut: ''StarWars'' and ''Film/{{Patton}}''.
* TarAndFeathers
-->'''Buford:''' Here's how you handle the Klan, Junior.
** 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&feature=related 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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