VIDEO: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Smokey and the Bandit

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Smokey and the Bandit made Burt Reynolds an international movie star, resurrected Jackie Gleason’s career and doubled the sales of Pontiac’s Trans Am in two years, but our latest video shows seven things you probably didn’t know about the second-highest grossing movie of 1977.

I remember going to see Smokey and the Bandit in the summer of 1977. I even remember it was a the movie theater in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. I’ve probably watched it at least once every year for the last 37 years, but there was still a bunch of stuff I either forgot, or never knew in the first place.

Check out the video, and if you like it, let us know. We’ll dig into some more great car movies later on.

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  1. Bo “Darville” not Danville

  2. At the very beginning the cost of a new truck was discussed, and that’s how they came upon $80000

  3. Paul Williams also wrote and sang “Where do we go from here?” from Thunderbolt and Lightfoot staring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.

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