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.

FADE IN:

THE HIGHWAY - DAY

Georgia. Two-lane blacktop, stretching from here to heaven.

Empty. Silent. Then, suddenly in the far distance, several

dark specks rise over a hill and head straight toward camera.

Camera holds and the specks begin to take form. Vehicles.

Trucks. Six monstrous eighteen-wheel diesels, coming at us,

their smokestacks blasting. Sound grows louder, as we begin

to hear snatches of Citizens Band Radio talk over:

VOICE ONE:

-- Breaker, this is Banana Peel...

VOICE TWO:

-- Yeah, Breaker go head on.

VOICE ONE:

-- Thanks much. I'd like to get me a

Smokey report?

VOICE TWO:

-- Road looks clean as a hound's

tooth.

VOICE ONE:

-- Okey, doke. Last one to the Roadeo

is a homo.

Voices fade and titles and credits begin. "Black Smoke Blowing

Over Eighteen Wheels" by Red Simpson comes up in the b.g. as

the six trucks blast right over camera.

AN AERIAL VIEW:

of the trucks driving through an entrance gate to a huge

parking lot. Over the gate is a sign reading: "GEORGIA TRUCK

ROADEO STATE FINALS." Music and credits continue.

TRUCK ROADEO - PARKING LOT - DAY

Macks, Kenworths, Whites and Jimmys, all polished to a

mirrored finish. Truck drivers decked out in their flashiest

western outfits. The stands filled with spectators on the

edge of their seats, watching the gearjammers put their rigs

through tests of skill and reflexes -- parallel parking,

driving around eggs, through complicated barricades, etc.

CAMERA PICKS UP:

a customized white Cadillac convertible pulling into the

Roadeo grounds. The Caddy has mounted chrome quarter horses

on each front fender, bull horns on the front bumper, stacked

rifles displayed in the rear. Garish. The car's Texas license

plate reads "Mr. Big."

CLOSER ANGLE:

The Cadillac stops. Two men climb out and wend their way

through the trucks and spectators. Camera tracks behind them.

Although we can't see their faces, we see that one man is

pudgy and decked out in a fancy white western suit and hat.

The other is younger, tall, skinny and wearing a grey western

suit and hat. Kyle Brand and his son Dickey.

MUSIC AND CREDITS FADE

ANGLE - ROADEO INFIELD

The crowd roars, as the trucks race through an obstacle

course.

ANGLE - THE MEN - TRACKING

Camera still on their backs.

DICKEY:

(referring to race)

Is that Bandit in the lead?

KYLE:

If that sumbitch was in the race,

he'd be in the winner's circle by

now.

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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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