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Directed By
John Boorman

Written By:
James Dickey

Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, James Dickey, Bill McKinney, Ed O'Neill, Charley Boorman

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Deliverance (1972)
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Movie Review by Chris
July 22nd, 2008

They left their troubles at the office. Left the wives and kids behind. Four men bound for the wilderness. It was the weekend they hoped for, a great adventure - without their golf clubs. Soon enough, the trip becomes a nightmare when they run into creepy rednecks, Gods forgotten creatures. Based on the novel by James Dicky, its a thriller with drama, a story of survival, a hellish nightmare. The weekend they should have brought their golf clubs.

Deliverance, directed by John Boorman, was nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. Based off a novel written by James Dickey, the same man who had wrote the screenplay to the movie. Sitting through Deliverance is in no way, shape or form an easy task. Director John Boorman makes miracles happen in front of the camera and the movie is horrible within the content included. Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds put on what is undeniably the best performances of their careers and this film is completely unforgettable.

I had recently seen the older Jon Voight in his most recent film, National Treasure 2. Though I have not seen many films which star him, his performance in Deliverance is absoulutely terrific. In the beginning we see that he is very quiet and to himself. He just sits there and smokes his pipe, but after Lewis is injured and unable to lead the men, Ed takes over that role. He becomes the smarter and braver man of the pack. This whole horrible event completely changes everybody's lives, not so much Ed, but we see a small change in him. He becomes braver and appears to be more in control then anyone else.

Burt Reynolds puts on a completely unforgettable performance as Lewis. At first we see that Lewis is the more crazier and adventerous man of the group, and he sure is fun. He yells happily over the rapids and drives the truck as fast as possible through the woods. When the attack happens on Ed and Bobby, he becomes the hero by shooting one of the men attacking them. He is smart and really uses his brain throughout the film, but after he becomes injured, we see the more softer side of this man. He begins crying and weeping, losing control with every minute. When we see him in the hospital he still uses his brain and we are happy to see that he's back to his ordinary self.

Deliverance is a film meant to show us how people we are not familiar with, mainly people out of the ordinary, basically live on violence. In a particular scene where Ed goes out hunting, he aims the bow at the deer but becomes weak and afraid to shoot the deer. This then shows that hunting and killing is not meant for everybody, that only the chosen are brave enough to overtake that fear.

The directing of John Boorman reminds me of The Deer Hunter, where we get elongated shots of one continuous event, an event not important what so ever. For example, there is a three minute shot just concentrated on the men digging a hole with his hands. We get many shots like this where the camera concentrates on something not to important, though it does increase the tension or strangeness of the film, it gets annoying at times. The scene where these rednecks attack Bobby and Ed is one of the most disturbing film scenes I have ever watched. I dont want to ruin it but what happens to Ned's character is sickening and completely unforgettable.

Deliverance is a hard movie to forget. Disturbing, brutal and violent, it remains a classic in American film.

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