Four city slickers canoe down an uncharted section of the Cahulawassee river before a dam project is to takeover the region. Initially mesmerised by the wonders of nature the group soon become fully aware of what it really means to survive outside the safety net of civilization.
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a masterwork of early boorman. the atmosphere here is killer, the fear, the tension and the anxiety are all perfectly created, sustained and controlled by boorman. the plot is heavily paced and perfectly unravels. the acting is fantastic, especially voight. there are no shots or edits that do not need to be there and its a fantastic piece of work. a key point in the boorman ouevre, and his status in exploitation.
Ok I guess. The redneck rape scene is great and iconic, Burt Reynolds was one hot beefy daddy and the hinted homoerotic subtext is pretty awesome, otherwise pretty blah overall, Hollywood dabbling in making an exploitation film. But there are plenty of films before and after this that did the whole 'savage man' story in far more interesting ways
Read the book. It's truly one of the most amazing books I have ever read. This adaptation is quite good. Everyone, including Burt, does an amazing job. It accounts for why people are so afraid of hillbillies.
Burt Reynolds was one hot bear in this, I was not expecting that but he was complete eye candy... until he broke his leg. John Voight's Ed was the pussy turned hero. And the rape scene in the woods was so twisted... if only the rest of the film was able to maintain that high tension going. Oh well, overall a nice adventure thriller.
Though it's reductive, I'm actually kind of glad culture has reduced this movie to "banjo/rape" because it left the rest of the film a pretty enthralling surprise. Parts haven't aged well and the soundtrack is sometimes more intrusive than anything else, but its pacing, haunting atmospherics and (relatively) honest portrayal of PTSD make it something special. If nothing else, it's pretty #blackmetal
A great film, I think Voight here is better than he was in Midnight Cowboy, a very very good performance. In some ways the cinematography is beautiful, this is a very well shot movie. Very tense plot, maybe it tapered off a bit once Voight came off the cliff face and they canoed back, but a stellar effort certainly worthy of five.
A film that promises at the outset to be about men finding themselves in the barbaric innocence of the wilderness, but ends up being about them losing the innocence within themselves. Perhaps the parallels to Vietnam aren't so glib after all.
One must applaud John Boorman for this looks like one hard movie to make and of course watch. A very worthy Oscar nomination for getting this film made and extremely brave performances form its entire cast, from the yokels down to the men not to mention a great score!