Deliverance

Deliverance

DVD - 2007
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They left their troubles at the office. Left the wives and kids behind. Four men bound for the wilderness, for a great adventure--without their golf clubs. Lewis has talked his buddies Ed, Drew, and Bobby into going on a canoe trip down the Cahulawassee River, which is being soon to be dammed. It was the weekend they hoped for, but it turns out to be a weekend where the destruction of nature, macho posturing, conflict between city and country folk, and the dangerous disconnection of modern civilization from nature will loom entirely too large.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Brothers Pictures : ©2007.
Edition: Deluxe edition.
ISBN: 9781419855450
141985545X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.

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Maoisdead
Sep 14, 2018

One of the great things about Deliverance is that, even though it is an adventure filmed in the 1970's, it has managed to not age like a 70's film. It is both depressing and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful at the same time. The four leads do a tremendous job of playing the parts of urban dwellers who want a weekend of adventure in the wilds of Georgia and wind up getting far more than they bargained for. It has much to say about what it takes to make a man uncivilized and whether or not there is a bit of savagery in all of us, despite how domesticated we may be in predictable situations. Past these observation I won't rehash the plot elements since just about everybody on earth knows the details, and if you don't I won't spoil it for you

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MontMoroc
Sep 14, 2018

John Boorman's seminal masterpiece still holds up 35 years later. Back in a time when Hollywood wasn't obsessed with uber-comercialism in the films they produced, author James Dickey adapted his own novel with director John Boorman at the helm. The end result is Deliverance: the infamous man versus nature allegory that still remains every bit as harrowing and horrifying as it did when it was first released in 1972.
Each of the four lead performances is exceptional, none more so than Burt Reynolds' beefy, supercilious Lewis.

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VonHafenstaaad
Sep 06, 2018

This is without a doubt one of the best movies I have ever seen; a chilling account of a doomed canoe trip that will haunt your memory for years to come. Every aspect of this movie has been wonderfully choreographed and combine to create a film that goes well beyond mere entertainment, simultaneously shocking and challenging the audience.

Everything that occurs in this movie serves a poignant purpose; the creators focus on quality rather than quantity. The plot, which seems simple enough, gradually takes on an eerily disturbing nature. The dialogue is sparse, but screenwriters and director use it as a strength, allowing events and cinematography to speak volumes about the characters. The violence, though disturbing, also acts as an integral piece of the film. The scenery is spectacular and Deliverance makes some of the best use of foreshadowing and silence I've ever seen in a movie.

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PHAERTE1
Sep 04, 2018

One of the greatest films ever made because of unexpected twists and brilliant acting by Burt Reynolds. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Brutally honest and unforgettable.

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lavasushi
Jul 16, 2018

Not a film you could watch a lot, but one of my top 20 best picks. The tension and drama in the story is haunting and nightmarish. Beautiful river and great, real action. I haven’t seen many Burt Reynolds films, nor do I want to, but he, Ned Beatty and Jon Voight were tremendous. Sometimes people are the most threatening monsters

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tonyalanjeffers
Jan 13, 2018

This is a movie that I watched over and over on newtwork TV as a child and teenager in the early 1970s. The rape scenes were completely edited out so that I had no idea that a rape was involved. I had always admired the bravery of Burt Reynolds' character for taking on two men with guns with just a bow and arrow.
One thing I learned from it as a child was that the frountier style of Justice that I had so often seen glorified in the western movies and TV shows no longer applied in modern times.
While the killing was clearly self-defense they felt compelled to cover it up; mostly out of fear that they were outsiders and the man that was killed likely had family in the area that would want revenge. Years later in the late 70s I saw a less edited version which made me wonder if there had been a rape. Asking my father who apparently had seen it in the theatre he confirmed that there was a rape. In the 90s I saw a documentery about the making of the movie and discovered that the author of the novel James Dickey from which the movie was based on had played the sheriff. Mr Dickey did a great job I never had any idea that the sheriff was not played by a professional acter.

Male rape still seems to be a tabo subject -no man wants to believe it could happen to him.
The description of this movie as well as the description of the book which is also available from SPL do not give the slightest hint that a male rape is central to this story.
Inspite of that; to it's credit SPL does have Male Rape in the subject list of the record of the book.

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MichelleinBallard
Jan 06, 2018

This film's only redeeming features are the scenery and the fact that it serves as a case study in the unwarranted, pervasive contempt heaped upon White, working-class Appalachian folks.

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ndarel
May 05, 2017

In response to Manmachine, - You zero in on a homosexual being killed. I have never considered the man to be a homosexual. A sadist, a rapist, a potential murderer, an opportunist. Yes. Only in todays messed up morality would one see a 'homosexual' issue. The real issue underlying the whole movie is the environmental impact of damming up a beautiful river. They just needed some action, to get people to watch it.

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Bang_On
Oct 04, 2016

Question: Did this film really offer the kind of entertainment that American and Canadian movie-goers wanted to see back in 1972?

Answer: Yes. It would seem so. And proof of that is here in one plain fact - Deliverance was made on a modest budget of just $2 million and yet it grossed over $46 million at the box-office in its first year, alone.

I guess its phenomenal popularity all came down to Deliverance being the very first mainstream film to ever show a homosexual (a hillbilly homosexual, that is) being killed.

And that, I guess, gave many movie-goers the greatest pleasure and satisfaction in being witness to it.

I mean, otherwise - What else could it be that attracted such a large audience to sit through this tiresome picture and then, afterwards, praise it with glowing approval?

*Note* - Deliverance also lost some significant points for exploiting "real-life" human deformity (aka. the inbred hillbillies) solely for the sake of idle entertainment. (Yes. Those "freaks" we see in this film were real people, sans make-up effects)

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XGirl
Sep 20, 2016

Well, darlings - I'd say that roddekker's comments below about this heap of American garbage are so spot-on. I see it didn't take a certain snob-of-cinema even one day to come to the fore to try to defend this hideous drivel-of-a-movie. Talk about seeing it through rose-coloured glasses is so right.

I hear that the film crew treated the townspeople where this was filmed really disrespectfully. These people were promised all sorts of money, but it never transpired. And after filming was over the crew high-tailed it out of town, leaving a mess of litter.

Yes. It's the American way.

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