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Deliverance Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Adapted from James Dickey's popular novel, John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia. At the behest of Iron John-esque Lewis (Burt Reynolds), the less adventuresome Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) agree to canoe down an uncharted section of the river before a dam project ruins the region. After warnings from the grimy, impoverished locals, and Drew's tuneful yet ominous "Dueling Banjos" encounter with a mute inbred boy, the four men embark on their trip, exulting in the beauty of nature and the initial thrill of the rapids. The next day, however, things begin to take a turn for the worse when Bobby and Ed decide to rest on shore after becoming separated from Lewis and Drew. Two rifle-wielding mountain men (Bill McKinney and Herbert "Cowboy" Coward) emerge from the woods, tying up Ed while one of them rapes Bobby and makes him "squeal like a pig." Lewis and Drew rescue them, but the attack irrevocably changes the tenor of the journey. As the river gets rougher and rougher, the men come to nightmarish grips with what it means to survive outside the safety net of "civilization." ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:July 30, 1972

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Dickey Best Screenplay 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Boorman Best Director 1972 Nominee
Directors Guild of America John Boorman Best Director 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Boorman Best Director 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Boorman Best Picture 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jon Voight Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Eric Weissberg Best Original Song 1972 Nominee

Cast

Jon Voight
as Ed Gentry
Burt Reynolds
as Lewis Medlock
Ned Beatty
as Bobby Trippe
Ronny Cox
as Drew Ballinger
Bill McKinney
as Mountain Man
James Dickey
as Sheriff
Belinda Beatty
as Martha Gentry
Seamon Glass
as First Griner
Ed Ramey
as Old Man
Billy Redden
as Lonny, the Banjo Player
Randall Deal
as Second Griner
Lewis Crone
as First Deputy
Ken Keener
as Second Deputy
Johnny Popwell, Sr.
as Ambulance Driver
Macon McCalman
as Deputy Queen
Charley Boorman
as Ed's Boy
Ed O'Neill
as Highway Patrolman (uncredited)
Herbert Coward
as Toothless Man
Ken Keener
as Second Deputy
Lewis Crone
as First Deputy
Herbert Coward
as Toothless Man
Johnny Popwell, Sr.
as Ambulance Driver
Macon McCalman
as Deputy Queen
Belinda Beatty
as Martha Gentry
Billy Redden
as Lonny, the Banjo Player
Seamon Glass
as First Griner
Ed O'Neill
as Highway Patrolman (uncredited)
Ed Ramey
as Old Man
Charley Boorman
as Ed's Boy
Randall Deal
as Second Griner

Crew

John Boorman
Director
John Boorman
Producer
James Dickey
Screenwriter
James Dickey
Book Author
Dale Dye
Screenwriter
Vilmos Zsigmond
Cinematographer
Steve Mandel
Songwriter
Louis Mann
Production Designer
Fred Harpman
Art Director
Bucky Rous
Costume Designer
Walter Goss
Sound/Sound Designer
Marcel Vercoutere
Special Effects
Bill Butler
Camera Operator
Eric Weissberg
Musical Performer
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