Smokey and the Bandit script
Synopsis: Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt Reynolds) agrees to pick up the beer in Texas and drive it to Georgia within 28 hours. When Bo picks up hitchhiker Carrie (Sally Field), he attracts the attention of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Angry that Carrie will not marry his son, Justice embarks on a high-speed chase after Bandit.

The Husband shoots his old lady a jealous look. Dickey rejoins

Kyle and they head toward Bandit LaRue's truck.

NEW ANGLE - MOVING

as they come to the only battered, beaten-up eighteen-wheeler

at the entire Truck Roadeo. It looks like it hasn't been

washed since it left the showroom.

On one side of the truck is a faded and peeling mural of a

stagecoach being held up. A teamster and a shotgun guard

have their hands high in the air and a Bandit on horseback

has a six-gun pointed at them.

An elaborate CB radio antenna grows out of the cab beside

the driver's door.

ANGLE - KYLE AND DICKEY - FROM BEHIND

as they round the truck and stop in their tracks.

REVERSE ANGLE - WHAT THEY SEE

A hammock is stretched from the cab of the truck to an oak

tree. A man wearing a faded denim western shirt, open with

the sleeves rolled up, levis and silver-toed cowboy boots is

lying in the hammock. A cowboy hat covers his face.

CLOSER ANGLE:

as shadows fall across the figure. The man slowly tips back

his hat and we see he's in his thirties, boyishly handsome,

with a cocky smile. Bandit LaRue.

FULL SHOT:

And for the first time we get a look at Kyle and Dickey.

Kyle is wearing sunglasses and diamond rings on every finger.

His smile is as tasteless as the suit he wears.

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James Lee Barrett

James Lee Barrett (November 19, 1929 – October 15, 1989) was an American author, producer and screenwriter. more…

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