How “Smokey and the Bandit” Captured the Spirit of the ’70s

David Conrad

David has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He loves foreign films, westerns, war flicks, and has read nearly every word J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote. David lived in Japan for three years and is always eager to talk about it. Follow him on Twitter at @davidaconrad or email him at

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4 Responses

  1. chucklate says:

    There are probably no aesthetic criteria in the universe that would justify calling this a great film but “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Hooper,” and “Cannonball Run” are three of my favorite guilty cinematic pleasures. Are they great cinema? Nope. Are they wry commentary on the world? Not at all. Are they fun? Hell, yeah.

  2. Walter J. Montie says:

    I would also add the entertaining “Cannonball” starring David Carradine and “Gumball Rally” starring Michael Sarrazin, Gary Busey and Raul Julia(both 1976) to the list of any cool speed rebel movies of the period