DELIVERANCE (1972)

Dir. John Boorman

The river becomes a site of danger in this white-water adventure based on James Dickey's acclaimed first novel. Jon Voight stars as an Atlanta businessman put to the test during a river trip with friends Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty. When survivalist Reynolds is wounded after a run-in with two murderous mountain men, Voight has to step up to the plate to defend the party against nature and humanity at its deadliest. DELIVERANCE was a grueling shoot, with the actors doing their own stunts, often at great personal risk. But it was a huge success for all involved, grossing almost $50 million for Warner Bros. on a $2 million budget. Released just after Reynolds's notorious Cosmopolitan magazine centerfold, it helped make him a superstar, while also improving Voight and director John Boorman's box office standing and launching Cox and Beatty's film careers with a major hit. It turned the 1955 bluegrass number "Dueling Banjos" into a hit, and increased tourism along the Chattooga River, the film's location and inspiration for its setting, the fictional Cahulawassee River.

In attendance: Ned Beatty, John Boorman, Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight.

DELIVERANCE
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