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#563. Deliverance

  • Year: 1972
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Warner Bros, 109m
  • Director: John Boorman
  • Producer: John Boorman
  • Screenplay: James Dickey, from book by James Dickey
  • Photography: Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Music: Eric Weissberg
  • Cast: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, James Dickey
  • Oscar Noms: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing

Abridged Book Description

Like Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs and Wes Craven's ""Last House on the Left, John Boorman's Deliverance deals with complacent, middle-class folk faced with unreasoning, disturbingly sexualized violence in the wilds away from civilization, only to discover in themselves that they are "natural-born killers." Ironically, while the American Sam Peckinpah, who had considered making Deliverance, was in Britain filming Straw Dogs, British director Boorman was in Georgia, using the Chattooga River to sub for poet-novelist James Dickey's fictional Cahulawassee River, shooting his own journey into the heart of darkness... The film eventually concludes that Voight's sad-eyed Ed, finding in himself the bestiality to survive, has lost rather than won.