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.

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