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3,128 Ratings


Directed by John Boorman
United States, 1972
Drama, Thriller


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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Deliverance Directed by John Boorman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1973 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1972 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1973 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Directors Guild of America

1973 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

The rapids are sculptured with a swift camera on the zigzagging canoes, by contrast the encounter with the mountain men (Bill McKinney, Herbert “Cowboy” Coward) and the ensuing violation seem to unfold in slow-motion. . . . Survival is the aftermath, so grins the agonizing warrior to his milquetoast friend: “Now you get to play the game.” The forest has its baleful spirits, Boorman marvels at them with complex setups in extended takes, a marvel of allegory enlarged by the immediacy of form.
January 02, 2017
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McKinney clearly felt a responsibility towards Ned the actor, and yet he, the character, was fully in the moment of hurting Beatty’s character. This is the magic-trick of good actors, this is the thing that actors say over and over again (“I was in two places at the same time”), and that duality of mind never ceases to fascinate me. Being able to be an actor and a character at the same time. You never TOTALLY lose yourself. On some level, you are still orchestrating the whole thing.
August 27, 2012
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John Boorman’s Deliverance is a seminal picture that plays just as jolting, powerful and oddly beautiful today. Released in 1972, the movie was a shocker, not solely for the infamous rape scene that’s haunted men and women for decades, but for its bold choice of layering its story with such darkness and soul wrenching detail.
July 09, 2012
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