It's hard to believe that the movie, Smokey and the Bandit, is more than 30 years old. That's close enough to vintage to qualify under the "Time" portion of today's category, especially since the movie also involves a lot of travel, and quite possibly the best big rig road trip in the history of movies.
The movie, starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, and Jerry Reed, was the second highest grossing movie of 1977 (second only to Star Wars). The plot involved the Bandit (Reynolds) and Snowman (Reed) trying to delivery 400 cases of Coors beer (which at the time was illegal in eastern parts of the country) from Texarkana, Texas to Georgia (a distance of 1800 miles) in just 28 hours. Along the way, the Bandit meets up with Sally Field's character ("Frog") and is pursued by Gleason's Smokey character ("Sheriff Buford T. Justice").
If you haven't seen it in awhile (or have only seen the heavily-edited TV version), you can pick up the uncut, original version at Amazon for just $5.99. It would make the perfect souvenir of this week's Bag of Grab big rig road trip. Or you can watch the original theatrical trailer for free below, and follow that up with a live performance of the movie's theme song "East Bound and Down" by Jerry Reed.
1. Did you ever see either of the sequels to this movie?
2. Do you like Coors beer?
3. Have you ever been to Texarkana?