Deliverance

Deliverance

Deliverance

The 1972 hillbilly thriller that made banjos cool again, set along the Cahulawassee River valley where four city-bred men decide to take a canoe trip through the long stretch of water. However, their voyage turns deadly when they encounter inbred hicks out for their blood. The film earned three Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for John Boorman. Features John Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and the line: "Squeal like a pig".

1972Rating: R16, Violence109 minsUSA
AdventureDramaThrillerClassic
Director:
John Boorman ('Excalibur', 'Hope and Glory', 'The Tailor of Panama', 'Hell in the Pacific')
Writer:
James Dickey
Cast:
Burt ReynoldsJon VoightNed BeattyRonny Cox

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Deliverance / Reviews

TV Guide

TV Guide

Morose, shockingly violent yet strangely beautiful.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

So many of Dickey's lumpy narrative ideas remain in his screenplay that John Boorman's screen version becomes a lot less interesting than it has any right to be.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

(Deliverance) has a beautiful visual style that balances the film's machismo message.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Each of the four lead performances is exceptional, none more so than Burt Reynolds' beefy, supercilious Lewis.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

This gripping drama was a controversial release back in the early 70s, and its distressing intensity hasn't really diminished in the decades since.

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Decider

Decider

The movie casts a spell through images both ugly and beautiful...

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Variety

Variety

It's the stuff of which slapdash oaters and crime programmers are made but the obvious ambitions of Deliverance are supposed to be on a higher plane.

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Time Out

Time Out

It's a haunting, nightmarish vision.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A fantasy about violence, not a realistic consideration of it.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

There's real substance in themes, performances and John Boorman's superb direction.

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