Burt Reynolds was reunited with a 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am during the 2016 SXSW film festival.
If you’ve never seen Smokey and the Bandit before as a gearhead, you’re probably well aware of the lore and legend that surrounds its car and driver, Burt Reynolds and the 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am. According to Austin 360, both Reynolds and a Trans-Am were reunited if but for a brief photo oppurtunity during the promotion of the documentary that goes by the same name of the car, “The Bandit.” The documentary follows Burt Reynolds and stuntman (director Hal Needham) and the friendship between the two men that created such an iconic movie. Check out a couple of exclusive photos you’ll only see at Art of Gears below.
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The movie “Smokey and the Bandit” stands as an iconic American film for representing a period of time that had many Americans uneasy. 1976 marked the 200th birthday of America as well as a time and era labeled as post-segregation. If the racist sheriff represented the old south, than Bo Darville represented a new air of change in America. The car powering that air of change was the 1977 Trans -Am.
The documentary that is poised to come out sometime in August is an homage of sorts to the record breaking and trend setting film. With so many millennials out of the loop of how important these films are, “The Bandit” not only aims to shed some light on this awesome partnership between Burt and his roommate and movie director Hal, but to expose a demographic to a film (and a car) that defined the 70’s as we know it.
Burt Reynolds is now 80-years-old and any opportunity we have to get car and driver together is an opportunity no one can pass up. We’re already well aware that Reynolds himself doesn’t own a Trans-Am for having auctioned off his only two last year. Hopefully, this documentary will bring a bit more popularity to a movie that never deserves to be forgotten.