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Deliverance (1972)

Bobby (Ned Beatty), Ed (Jon Voight), Drew (Ronny Cox) og Lewis (Burt Reynolds) forsøker å komme unna lokalbefolkningen i John Boormans "Deliverance".

John Boorman
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109 minutes
John Boorman
Screenwriter (based on his novel):
James Dickey

Cast includes:

Ed Jon Voight
Lewis Burt Reynolds
Bobby Ned Beatty ½
Drew Ronny Cox
Mountain Man Bill McKinney ½
Toothless Man Herbert "Cowboy" Coward ½
Sheriff Bullard James Dickey ½
Ed’s Boy Charley Boorman ½



Inspirational adventure is interlaced with stern reality in John Boorman's multilayered and incredibly perceptive thriller Deliverance. The simple story of four 30-somethings who embark on a canoe trip on a river deep into the woods of Georgia, and get more than they bargained for, is a masterly told story full of existential parables. Our modern and civilized protagonists go searching for nature and primitiveness, in order to get closer to themselves ostensibly, and end up battling humanity's crudest and most basal nature. It is when we have been stripped of our facades and social setting that we'll really find out what we are made of, claims James Dickey through his complex script based on his own novel.

It must be said that Dickey's story could easily have ended up as a mediocre film, had the director not treated it with intelligence and sensitivity. Boorman realizes the many aspects of the story and presents them carefully and delicately. Aided by the fascinating, seclusive locations (around Chattooga River principally), Boorman was able to scrutinise human endurance, loyalty and rationality in an intrinsically timeless manner. He also got career best performances out of his actors, including Jon Voight's intelligent, sensitive Ed, and Burt Reynolds' unveiled and forceful work as Lewis. For once, Reynolds evoked melancholy and emotion, not laughter and cheerfulness. Great work also from Beatty, Cox and McKinney conclude this haunting epic.

Re-reviewed: Copyright © 25.6.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright ©
18.4.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang