"Smokey and The Bandit" Coming Back to Big Screen


UPDATE: While AMC managed to snag the credit, other theaters will present Smokey and the Bandit, too, including Mobile's Regal Stadium 18 (near Costco). I checked ticket prices on Fandango, though, and... maybe you should see it at an AMC Theater instead.


AMC Theaters has a treat for us. Starting Wednesday, you'll have nine days to see Smokey and the Bandit on the big screen. And while not quite at 1970s movie prices, $5 or less for a ticket isn't bad.

Burt Reynolds' career was marked by a string of big Hollywood hits, but probably none bigger than his 1977 hit. Smokey and the Bandit was one of the first movies I saw multiple times, and one my dad and I could agree on. He was a big Jackie Gleason fan dating back to The Honeymooners, and this was arguably one of his funniest roles. As for me, I... well, I liked just about everything about the movie. It's one of the first and only movies I watched multiple times -- well, not counting the annual Wizard of Oz and Ten Commandments traditions on CBS and ABC, respectively.

Star Wars was the #1 box office draw in 1977, but Smokey and the Bandit was #2. Critics hated it, but even critics learned to love the movie over time. Leonard Maltin gave the movie a horrible review at the outset, but he later admitted that it was one of the better movies of its genre and awarded it three and a half stars (out of four).  

I always thought the movie needs to be seen on the big screen. Maybe that's bias, because the edited TV version had Jackie Gleason calling everyone a "scum bum," instead of a "sumb^*tch." It seemed wrong to change that. 

So now's your chance. The movie plays September 12th-20th at select AMC Theaters. At the moment, we see three two theaters with showtimes in our area. 

  • AMC Classic Pensacola 18 
  • AMC Classic Wharf 15 (Orange Beach)
  • Regal Stadium 18 (Mobile) -- note the high price here!

Tickets for this classic film will be no more than $5 at AMC Theaters. In 1977, a first-run movie went for about $3.50. (No need for me to source this, I'm old enough to remember... sigh). So ticket prices are almost, but not quite, the same as they were when the movie opened in 1977.



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