Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty Talk DELIVERANCE on the 40th Anniversary

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Deliverance, John Boorman’s breathtaking exploration into the nature of man, is easily one of the most profoundly upsetting and nihilistic films ever made.  What on the outset appears to be a simple man vs. nature tale (four men on a weekend getaway attempt to conquer a soon-to-be-extinct river valley) reveals itself to be far more complex – for it isn’t so much men fighting the untamed natural world but a discovery that they are one and the same.  Stripped of their loved ones, their jobs and their material possessions, the quartet are forced to confront that deep down they are the beasts, no more civilized than the wild rapids they travel across.  Civilization: merely a mask to a hide their base amorality.

Forty years later, Deliverance is just as disturbing (and downright brilliant) as it was upon release.  It is the definition of timeless.  To celebrate the forty-year anniversary and in conjunction with the re-release of the film on Blu-ray, Warner Brothers invited us interview the primary cast (Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox).  In the following interview, Burt Reynolds discusses the ‘rape scene’ auditions, Jon Voight reenacts Boorman’s long one-shots and Ned Beatty & Ronny Cox weigh in on how their novice acting backgrounds affected the group dynamics in the film, among many other topics of conversation.  Hit the jump to watch.

Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty Time Index:

  • 00:00 – Was there ever a sense during the making of Deliverance that the film was something special and would one day be regarded as the classic it’s become?
  • 00:50 – Jon Voight reflects on first seeing footage from the film.
  • 01:50 – Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox weigh in on how their backgrounds affected the group dynamics of the film.
  • 03:40 – Ned Beatty contrasts Boorman’s vision from the novel on which it was based.
  • 04:20 – Ronny Cox analyzes the thematic undercurrents of the picture.
  • 05:20 – Burt Reynolds regales Herbert ‘Cowboy’ Coward’s audition tale for Deliverance.
  • 06:48 – Jon Voight discusses working with John Boorman and his penchant for long takes.






 

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  • chuck

    No doubt Burt Reynolds never looked more commanding than in this film. It is a very disturbing movie. Great but very disturbing. Great filmmaking.

  • dogg

    And Ned Beatty’s ass is still sore.

  • paul tracy

    really want to watch this. I’m not quite sure what it is about Collider’s media player, but it the time it takes is so interminable, I give up.

    sure it was great.

    ~ p

  • ricardo

    Brilliant – great interview. The actors actually look like they are having a great time (or are using their exceptional acting skills and have me reeled in). Wish the interview could have been longer and that we could see more of Mr. Cook’s work.

    • Besides

      Agreed. I thought the questions were likely a little different than they usually get, and it looked like they appreciated that. Nice work. A shame you only get ten minutes with them.

  • CanIHaveASlice?

    I saw this movie for the 1st time about a year ago. My cousin ran a movie theatre, and we would go in after hours to watch whatever we wanted. I still can’t believe this film, so far ahead of it’s time that cinema is still trying to catch up.

    Also, John Boorman directed ZARDOZ. Just sayin’. XD

  • Marlboroliteman

    This movie is timeless….I wonder if people walk up to Ned Beatty and ask him to squeal like a pig.

  • Jesus

    Really awesome to see these guys all still kicking and together. Tommy Cook is aces at these interviews. He should do more.

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  • Truth

    Great movie, but Reynolds looks like he’s wearing a mask in those pics.

  • wertygo

    Ahhh…Nobody asked Ned Beatty to Squill!!!

  • jim

    Every time I go canoeing and I’m in the middle of nowhere I get an uneasy feeling. It never fails I always think of Ned Beatty squilling and the Hillbilly slapping him on the ass.

  • jim

    Every time I go canoeing and I’m in the middle of nowhere . I get an uneasy feeling. It never fails I always think of Ned Beatty squilling and the Hillbilly slapping him on the ass.

  • jim

    Every time I go canoeing and I’m in the middle of nowhere . I get an uneasy feeling. It never fails I always think of Ned Beatty squilling and the Hillbilly slapping him on the ass. In burts book he said bill Mckinney got so worked up during the rape scene that he wanted to Booty Bump Ned Beatty for real.

    • Ricardo

      deja vu?

      What is Squilling?

      Do you mean Squealing?

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