Box art for Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, comedy

Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason are in high gear and hot water after a cross-country road challenge results in one of the wildest series of car chases and crashes ever filmed!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5

Car stunts, romance, and salty language in 1970s comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Smokey and the Bandit is a mid-1970s car-chase comedy with a classic set of antiheroes outwitting bumbling law-enforcement officers on highways from Texas to Georgia. Likable characters break the law with abandon (and humor). Cars crash, roll over, and fly through the air throughout the film, but there are no injuries or deaths. One character is beaten up in a bar and appears battered afterward, and a dog is threatened. Almost everyone swears ("bitch," "s--t," "goddamn," "ass"); there are insults ("dummy," "fag," "turd,"); and sexual banter is used as a source of humor ("knockers," "I'd like to jump you," "poontang"). A romance results in kissing, but sexual activity is implied and not shown. Coors beer plays a prominent part in the story.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about all the comic car accidents in this movie. Why is awareness of the real consequences of such accidents important, particularly to kids and teens?
  • Clowns make wonderful villains in some comedies. In what ways is Sheriff Buford Justice a clown? How is he different from real police and law-enforcement officers?
  • In this movie the heroes constantly break laws, and it's all in fun. Do you think that may influence a younger viewer's attitude about laws and following rules? How can parents help clarify the issue?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A raucous blast with plenty of great lines. Gleason is an absolute riot.

- Chuck O'Leary,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Loved it as a kid but on a re-watch I have to say I was a little shocked in places. It's also more obvious now how wasted Burt Reynolds was too. Still, good fun, cool cars and ace trucks, makes for a perfect bank holiday Monday viewing..

- SirPant, Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2 stars

This has some good stunts and car chases but looking a little old now.

- Deano78, Saturday, September 6, 2008

3 stars

A funny romp across the highways of the South. The music and Gleason are a hoot!

- kenstachnik, Tuesday, August 19, 2008