Eastbound and Down – Remembering Smoky and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds

 

For those not from the US, a member of Law Enforcement was affectionally called “Smokey” during the late part of the last century.

Burt Reynold’s will always be remembered for his “Smokey and the Bandit” trilogy of films.  Here are some hi-lights.

Crash scenes of smokey after the Bandit, either in his black car, his truck, or sometimes as a stolen police car. Burt was one of those famous actors who liked to do his own stunts. I can’t acknowledge that he was in every one of these, but do know these are REAL stunts with REAL stuntmen.  No CGI here.  This was a fun movie if you can rent it somewhere.

Most of the premise of this first film was that the Bandit drove a “chase car” to keep the cops after him while his buddy drove the truck of beer without much trouble.

 

 

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.
Keep your foot hard on the pedal. Son, never mind them brakes.
Let it all hang out ’cause we got a run to make.
The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there’s beer in Texarcana.
And we’ll bring it back no matter what it takes.
East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.
East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.
Ol’ Smokey’s got them ears on and he’s hot on your trail.
He aint gonna rest ’til you’re in jail.
So you got to dodge ‘im and you got to duck ‘im,
You got to keep that diesel truckin’.
Just put that hammer down and give it hell.
East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

 

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