Deliverance | Chicago Reader


John Boorman's 1972 film of the James Dickey novel has a beautiful visual style that balances the film's machismo message. Four men on a canoe trip down one of Georgia's last unspoiled rivers meet violence and death; Burt Reynolds is the compulsive outdoorsman and Jon Voight is the quiet city man out of his element. The best scene occurs early, when one of the men plays a strange banjo-guitar duet with a half-witted backwoods boy. Be sure to be on time.



  • John Boorman


  • Jon Voight
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Ned Beatty
  • Ronny Cox
  • Bill McKinney
  • Herbert Coward
  • James Dickey
  • Ed Ramey
  • Seamon Glass


  • James Dickey


  • John Boorman

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