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Dickey taps into that stark mortal terror of abandoning control, where to become a wild man is somehow a form of connection.
Deliverance is a harsh film asking harsh questions, less a thrilling adventure movie than an ecological, existential nightmare.
Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and, indeed, all the members of the cast are finely tuned and very good. What the movie totally fails at, however, is its attempt to make some kind of significant statement about its action.
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- Jon Voight
- Burt Reynolds
- Ned Beatty
- Ronny Cox
- Ed Ramey
- Billy Redden
- Seamon Glass
- Randall Deal
- Bill McKinney
- Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward
Did You Know?
- John Boorman's son, Charley, appeared near the end of the movie as Ed's little boy.
- When Ed climbs to the top of the cliff to hunt the shooter, the rapids can be heard below. When Ed wakes up the next morning, the rapids are silent.
- Ed: Look, what is it that you require of us?
- Mountain Man: What we, uh, "re-quire" is that you get your god-damn asses up in them woods.