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  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Hal Needham envisioned this film as a cheap B-movie. Burt Reynolds read the script and called it the worst script he'd ever read, but agreed to be the Bandit anyway. Shortly before filming began, the studio hacked a significant portion of the film's budget. And when it was made, most of the dialogue was rewritten and improvised. Who'd have thought this movie would have been second only to A New Hope in 1977?
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  • Awesome Music: The trucker ballad "Eastbound and Down" is a fun, catchy and inspiring song about the Bandit's mission. And it's sung by Jerry Reed (Cledus Snow).
  • First Installment Wins: The sequels didn't do too well, nor are they remembered.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The Bandit taking one look at Big Enos and his son, and bursts out laughing at how ridiculous they look together.
    • After Big Enos explains his whole scheme, Bandit asks to see the money up front.
    Enos: Big Enos word is gold!
    Bandit: *just gives Enos a flat, unimpressed look*
    Enos: *beat* *to Little Enos* Alright, pay the man...
    • The diner scene where Bandit chats with a stressed Scheriff Buford, who doesn't know what the Bandit actually looks like so he has no idea the man he's pursuing is sitting right next to him.
    • Not to mention the Bandit wiping some spittle off his face since Buford is ranting while eating the Diablo sandwich and is spraying it all over the place.
    • Buford coming out of the bathroom with toilet paper stuck on his sunglasses. Allegedly, this was a gag Gleason ad-libbed while shooting this scene.
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    • While taking a quick break by a lake, Snowman has to chase down his dog Fred who decided to go for a swim in the middle of everything.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • As Buford meets up with his brothers Gaylord and Reginald for the first time in twenty years, the first thing he does is take a picture with them before getting down to business.
    • Another comes in Smokey and the Bandit 3, when Buford - in his Darkest Hour, no less - is sincere in reassuring his son.
    Buford: Son, you'll always be my tick turd.
    • The Bandit and Buford acknowledging each other as a Worthy Opponent at the end of the first film.
  • Ham and Cheese: Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice.
  • Ho Yay: Possibly from Buford to Bandit in their first encounter in Part II.
    Buford: Hello, you handsome sumbitch.
    Buford: If you make one move, I'll put a hole right between those gorgeous brown eyes.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Most likely the final battle with trucks and police cars in Smokey and the Bandit II. Especially considering when they threw in an elephant in that movie.
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    • Jackie Gleason is arguably this for Part 3.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Tough-as-nails, wise-crackingly Faux Affably Evil, Deadpan Snarker terrorist Carla (who fought Jean-Claude Van Damme in the penguin suit) and demonic pro-wrestler Mrs. Gorgon was the nymphomaniacal Tina in Part III.
  • Sequelitis: The third film. Some reviewers even felt this way towards the second film due to It's the Same, Now It Sucks!, though the second gets some slack off of it for at least having Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in it and a pretty good climax to boot.
  • What an Idiot!: Has a few of these.
    • Buford and Junior are chasing the Bandit, until they come across an I-beam.
      You'd Expect: Buford and Junior to follow the Bandit's lead, and turn right.
      Instead: "Duck, or you gonna be talkin' out of your ass!" Sure, they do just that, but...
      The Result: ...Buford's police car become an Instant Convertible, when it could've been avoided. Then again, we wouldn't have had this gem:
    Junior: Daddy, the top came off!
    Buford: No shit.
    • "Why didn't you have your gun loaded?!" "When I put bullets in it, Daddy, it gets too heavy."


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