- 10:10 pm - Tue, Jul 19, 2011
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Some films gather a reputation of their own and get remembered for one or two scenes rather than for the movie as a whole. Deliverance is one of those films. Most people are familiar with the dueling banjos (a song that has become synonymous with backwoods rednecks) from the film and many others are familiar with the sexual assault scene (a scene paid homage to in Pulp Fiction), but few actually know the plot of the film or any of the points the author and director were trying to make.
Shot early in the careers of Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, and Ronny Cox and the debut of Ned Beatty, Deliverance is founded on conflict between industrialization and conservationalism and the differences between law and justice, the different affects guilt can have on people, and the boundaries of what makes people civilized, all of which are as relevant today as they were nearly 40 years ago when the movie was originally released (or 42 years ago when James Dickey wrote the novel). Having been shot primarily on location, with the actors performing all of their own stunts, and the casting of local in the minor parts, it is considered a landmark film in the new American Realism of the early 70s.