Burt Reynolds: Last Train Out For The 1970’s Man’s Man

I’d (way too) old enough to still remember seeing Burt Reynolds appear on Dan August way back in 1970-71 and liking the show just for the rather dynamic opening of Burt doing all those stunts (and that catchy title theme):

 

(Thanks, The Rap Sheet!)

 

Amusingly enough, I was also watching Mannix over on CBS back then and yep, both shows were cut from the same (and literal) rough and tumble Quinn Martin cloth. meaning they were reliably action-packed and very guy focused (although both Mike Connors and Burt clearly had appeal to anyone hooked into those shows). I still recall in school one day some fearless (but none to bright) kid tried to copy that floor slide Burt did in the opening only to find out the laws of physics and a non-waxed floor made for a painful-looking science lesson. Hey, I got a laugh out of that foolishness, so it was all good.

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I read Burt said this was his favorite film. I heartily agree. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth the watch.

I didn’t see any of Burt’s movies until John Boorman’s brutal, brilliant Deliverance popped up in heavily edited form (I think on ABC) and yes, I was creeped out big time by it, but it also became a favorite flick whenever it aired. Now, I wasn’t one to follow all of his work, but much of everything I saw was well made and Burt always came off as a pretty cool cat. Even in his more dramatic work up to a point, he did quite okay portraying an interesting variety of characters. I liked his work on Sharky’s Machine a lot because the film works as both cop drama and intentionally amusing dark comedy. yeah, Burt was a pretty decent director, too. Foo. I hate writing these posts because it’s hard to put words into proper sentences when one’s mind is racing like a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am about to clear a huge jump. Go watch a Burt flick at some point, I say. Pick a good one.

-GW

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3 thoughts on “Burt Reynolds: Last Train Out For The 1970’s Man’s Man

  1. Very sad, Greg…saw quite a few of his films in the ’70s and ’80s, and had a blast with nearly all of them. I too have read that Burt liked his performance in ‘Deliverance’ the most, and I’d have to agree…he did a wonderful job in that one. And speaking of that Firebird Trans Ams, I just ordered the Blu-ray of ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ to add to the Monolith collection; I think that counts as a ‘good one’. Thanks for the tribute!

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    • These things get harder and harder to write, that’s for sure. I’m guessing a bunch of Burt’s films will see a spike in sales, but he also did some voice work in a few games.

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      • Yeah, they sure are…but I wish these ‘friends’ would just be around forever. And I wasn’t aware of that last part, about the voice work, but I am one of the many proudly helping to spike those sales.

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