Though mostly toiling away in Spaghetti Westerns overseas during the late 1960s (at the urging of pal, Clint Eastwood), Burt Reynolds finally hit paydirt in 1972 in the uber-disturbing Deliveranceand then posed nude for Cosmopolitan across a bearskin rug. Establishing himself as the macho man guys wanted to be and gals wanted to be on top of, Reynolds soon embarked on a string of personality-driven comedies that showcased his wily, moustached grin and comical who-ha laugh. Smokey and the Bandit, in which he sped a souped-up Trans Am cross-country to make the biggest beer-run in history (with buddy Jerry Reed and nemesis Jackie Gleason in tow), proved the most successful. Then-girlfriend Sally Field came along for the ride and helped turn the pair into the countrys most beloved B-film power couple. Check them out this week and relive those East Bound and Down glory days.
Wed., July 21, 7:30 p.m., 2010