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Man I am jealous. Great interview as well considering the time constraints. You ought to do supplements (like Elvis Mitchell did for Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown Blu-rays)

Man it tough to believe that was Beaty's first film? I always loved that scene he has with John Vioght ..."you told them Bobby didn't you, you got scared and you told them?"

..."I told them, just like we said, only, I don't think they believed me."

So many subtleties, so many reactions and delayed reactions that you just know that yep, that's exactly how it would be. One minute they are elated that Ed had taken out the mountain man and the next they are second guessing themselves..."Well it wasn't just some guy up there hunting?" I guess what really makes Deliverance so compelling that the film explores how real men would behave under such conditions, rather than how an action star would slog through tired plot machinations.

Miss Lisa

Wow Wow Wow. This is so great--historic. I wish you had had more time too. The book and the film are some very intense, difficult-to-get-through art. I'm so glad you got to sit and talk over the film, however briefly.

Reynolds is a true movie star. Together, he and these amazing character actors--very inspiring. All film students should be required to study the banjo scene to learn extensively about direction, character, sound and shot editing. It's an entire education, right there.


Thank you Kim! I just watched a video interview with the Deliverance Four and was so disappointed and frustrated with its brevity and depth. I am going to wait for a quiet moment later today to read and enjoy your column.

Jayne Jennings

Great interview!! I too wish you'd had more time with these actors! Your questions were terrific and I love reading about their experiences with filming Deliverance. I studied under Mr. Dickey at the Univ. of South Carolina and their recollections of him were spot on! He was brilliant and charmlingly arrogant! He'd read one of his own poems in class, in his deep southern drawl, then lean back in his chair and say, "now isn't that gooooood!" Great interview - thanks!

Dave Enkosky

I envy you that you got to sit with these guys. Also, in the words of Sterling Archer, is Burt Reynolds not the man in that movie.

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