Saw SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT on the big screen, with Burt Reynolds in attendance

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT screened at Austin's Long Center on March 13, 2016
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT screened at Austin’s Long Center on March 13, 2016

I’ve written about Smokey and the Bandit before, but I’d never seen this lifelong favorite on the big screen until now. Burt Reynolds himself was there, but went back to his hotel, I believe, after introducing the film — it was quite cold out there for an 80-year-old who isn’t in the best of health. Still, it was great to see him and hear him speak about this film that he once predicted, accurately, would one day be regarded as a minor work of art.

A very devoted fan more or less rushed the stage to kiss Burt and get an autograph and tell us about the other time she’d met him and how she owned a Trans-Am.

One of the documentaries playing at this year’s South by Southwest is about the making of Smokey and the Bandit, and its director, who was also on stage with Burt, said that a bra was thrown on stage at the first screening of the documentary the day before. He suspects it might be the only time a bra has been thrown for a documentary.

No Flickchart article yet about the movies I’ve seen so far at the festival, but it’s coming.

2 thoughts on “Saw SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT on the big screen, with Burt Reynolds in attendance”

  1. I’ve never seen Smokey and the Bandit, and I wouldn’t have expected your fandom, nor for it to be labeled a “minor work of art.” Not sure what that means, but I think I’ll watch it to find out.

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