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Deliverance (1972)

I always like it when fellow bloggers talk about movies I have never heard of. During the Movie Confessions Blogathon someone mentioned Deliverance and I didn’t know a thing about it. Of course I immediately checked out IMDB to find out more about it and when I saw it had a good score and Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty were playing in it I became interested in seeing it.

The story of this movie is a very simple one. It’s about four city men who go on a boating trip on a river that will soon disappear because of the creation of a lake. While on the trip they run into trouble with some locals and have to try to finish their boating trip to go home safe. Despite this simple story it was a tense movie to watch. I was constantly wondering what I would be doing to survive and how paranoid I would get. You really get into the mindset of the characters.

Deliverance builds a tense situation by using very simple means, the threat of hostile locals pushes the movie forward. The soundtrack uses a lot of banjo music and it only adds to the atmosphere. Burt Reynolds is very charismatic here, but his fellow actors convince as well. All are men who deal with their fear differently, some by directly attacking it, some by freezing up. It’s violent and full of suspense and had me hooked from the beginning. It is a movie I should have checked out a while ago.

Score: 8

  • Tyler says:

    I’ll bite. I think this is one of the best movies ever made. It’s certainly the best in the man vs. wild genre. Get chills every time I watch it. A classic.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:50 am
    • Nostra says:

      It is the best in that genre indeed, it seems so simple but packs so much emotional punch…

      August 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    Hold on, you hadn’t heard of Deliverance??

    I love this film way too much…. I am so gald you got to see it Nostra

    August 9, 2012 at 9:26 am
    • Nostra says:

      No, never heard of it Scott, you should have told me ;)

      August 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm
  • vinnieh says:

    Great post, this is one film that genuinely creeps me out

    August 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it seems like this could really happen!

      August 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm
      • vinnieh says:

        That is true. Your blog is really good you should check mine out

        August 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm
        • Nostra says:

          I will!

          August 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm
  • Myerla says:

    Rather coincidentally I just saw this for the first time to, difference is however I knew slightly more about it then you did (I knew about squeal like a pig scene). Anywho I agree, the 70s are known for some great horror (thriller?) films and this is one of them.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, they knew how build the atmosphere and tension

      August 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm
  • jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, Nostra and company:

    Director Boorman finds the most basic fears, amplifies them wondrously and scarily and lays them out in ‘Deliverance’ for the audience to either explore or run away from. Definitely a film that hits all the right buttons. And made for what would be a week’s catering on a large budgeted film today.

    After seeing this film several times, I did some digging in the realm of ‘An Actor’s got to start somewhere’. And discovered that this was Ned Beatty’s premiere role. Enduring wild Mountain Man, Bill McKinney may not be the most auspicious start. But it did help create a chilling, long remembered, peek through your fingers scene.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Nice to see you enjoyed it so much time and have some wonderful things to say about it

      August 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm
  • VictorsMovieReviews says:

    Too bad it wouldn’t be until “Boogie Nights” that we got a great (read not lazy) performance from Burt Reynolds.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I’m not that familiair with his work unfortunately (or maybe that’s a good thing considering your comment ;))

      August 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm
  • rodders says:

    I’ve never seen this film before. good review though

    August 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks rodders!

      August 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm
  • Stephanie says:

    I saw this movie many years ago, and if memory serves, it was quite well done. My favorite part was the dueling banjos.

    August 11, 2012 at 12:15 am
    • Nostra says:

      It’s a great song :)

      August 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm
  • AndyK says:

    This is a fantastic film which still resonates in popular culture today. I usually sing the ‘Duel’ melody whenever I pass through a backwater town in the middle of nowhere! Fantastic acting and direction, one of my favourties for sure.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hahaha, hope you don’t meet the same kind of people

      August 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm
  • Chris says:

    I enjoyed the suspense of Deliverance . It has a reputation of being controversial, although by todays standards the violence seemed fairly watered down (to use a water metaphor)

    August 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Well, I still thought it was shocking!

      August 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

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