Deliverance (1972) is in the top five of the most bizarre thrillers I’ve ever seen. For those who’ve never seen the film, it’s a nice wholesome movie about four friends who go on a canoe trip down the Cahulawassee River before a hydroelectric dam is completed and floods the land. Well, that’s how it starts.
The movie stars Burt Reynolds (without his iconic mustache, but don’t worry, he’s still sexy as fuck) as Lewis, who instigated the trip. Jon Voight, who I’d forgotten was in this, has top billing for his role as Ed. Ned Batty and Ronny Cox make their film debuts in their roles of Bobby and Drew.
The rape scene is probably one most people know about in reference though they’ve never actually seen Deliverance. Also, fans of The Revolting Cocks are obviously aware of it because of the soundbites taken from this scene in their song Beers, Steers and Queers (1990).
In truth, besides that, there isn’t much to this thriller besides the fight for survival. The excitement and the edge of the seat scenes do keep Deliverance from being a letdown, even though sometimes everything is just too convenient or easy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of this film, more for the surrealness than anything.
I wholly recommend you watching Deliverance if you haven’t seen it, and I give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.