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VIDEO: Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Smokey and the Bandit

VIDEO: Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Smokey and the Bandit


In the history of film, there are probably five movies we can all agree had more influence on our love of cars, and 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit has to be in the top three. Our buddy Craig Fitzgerald at BestRide.com put a video together with a bunch of weird trivia, coincidence and hardly heard history about the movie.

For example, the earliest version of the script written by James Lee Barrett (who also wrote the screenplay for The Green Berets, and the biblical epic The Greatest Story Ever Told identifies the Bandit as “LaRoue,” and the Snowman’s handle was originally “Bandit II.”

The only movie that made more money in 1977 was Star Wars. But that wasn’t the only time that Smokey and the Bandit lost out to George Lucas’s movie that year.

The connection between Jackie Gleason, The Flintstones and the guy who did the awful dubbed Jackie Gleason voice for the TV remake is pretty wild, too.

There’s a post with a link to the entire video over at BestRide.com.

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8 thoughts on “VIDEO: Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Smokey and the Bandit

  1. 440 6Pac

    I don’t know what car was supposed to be the Bandit’s car but they should have gone with it instead of the Firebird.

    1. BeaverMartin

      You Sir may need to see a psychiatrist. What new car would you suggest from 1977? An Aspen? A Mustang II? And yes, it would have to be a new car as the Bandit bought it new for the run.

        1. Nytro

          A guy who named himself after a Slopar engine is griping about one of the most famous movie cars of all time NOT being a slopar. Go figure. Sour whine from sour grapes.

  2. George Hunsinger

    Great movie. Jerry Reed was my hero. Perfect person for the role of Snowman. My fav. part of the movie is when they passed all the trucks out on the interstate. What a great bunch of classic old trucks! Gotta love Snow mans, K.W. W-900. I’m guessing it is a 1976 or 77 truck. People say I’m silly, but I can tell by the sound, that the old truck has a Cummin’s motor in it. for the time period, I’m guessing a Big Cam 400.

    1. Leadsledcaprice

      I’m going to agree with you. A few years ago, I stumbled across a website that had the specs listed for the W-900 in this movie, and it was a ’76 model with a Cummins Big Cam 400. I’ll even go a step further and say that I’m pretty sure it’s got a 6th generation 13 speed by the looks of that shift knob.

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