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Deliverance 1972

  • John Boorman
  • July 30, 1972
  • 109 mins
  • English
  • Adventure, Drama, Thriller
What did happen on the Cahulawassee River?
The Cahulawassee River valley in Northern Georgia is one of the last natural pristine areas of the state, which will soon change with the imminent building of a dam on the river, which in turn will flood much of the surrounding land. As such, four Atlanta city slickers - alpha male Lewis Medlock, generally even-keeled Ed Gentry, slightly condescending Bobby Trippe, and wide-eyed Drew Ballinger - decide to take a multi-day canoe trip on the river, which turns into a trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.


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Overrated. Not scary enough to be a horror. Not crazy enough to be an exploitation yet it flirts with it for one scene. Not thrilling. Slow. The whole movie focuses on one act that we have to wait half way to see. That act is funnier than it is shocking because it's so stupid. The drama and second half journey didn't make me feel engaged because the friendships weren't real enough and the dialogue was more plot based and situation reminders rather than character based pain or relationship tests. It could be dialogue from any movie.
I think this is a movie of its time and was just something that caught on. The rape scene obviously being man on man was shocking for the time.

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Superbly shot, this thrilling adult adventure certainly contains some genuinely gripping scenes…

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Deliverance is one of those movies that makes you think twice before taking your next camping trip. What starts out as good old fashioned fun amongst friends, turns into a nightmare.

Strong performances(3 Golden Globe Nominations) from all involved adds an element of realism to a script that already holds it's own weight. The fluid direction from legendary John Boorman moves the story along at a manageable pace, adding suspense at the perfect moments. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, or trembling in fear as the four friends battle their morals as they desperately fight for their lives.

It is considered a classic by many and for very good reason. It is real, dark, dramatic, suspenseful, all interwoven into a story about friendship and their fight for survival in the wilderness. If you are looking for a must see movie before you die, this will definitely deliver.


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