The Bandit

Showed at Images 11/11/2018

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Hal Needham

Rich Remsberg was the Image Researcher on The Bandit. Remsberg will talk about his work on this project and others in conversation with Williams College professor Shawn Rosenheim.

The Bandit is a film about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit Smokey and the Bandit. The film tells the action-packed story of the making of Smokey, while tracing the vivid personal journeys of Reynolds and Needham from obscurity to stardom and highlighting one of the most extraordinary relationships in Hollywood history. Featuring new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive material, including footage from Reynolds’ personal archive, as well as candid interviews with the late Hal Needham, the documentary tells an exhilarating and moving story about loyalty, friendship and creative risk.

  • Director: Jesse Moss
  • Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

““The Bandit” is so craftily constructed that, whatever your feelings about Reynolds’ trademark turn as the wisecracking showoff who keeps his pedal to the metal in his Trans-Am, you likely will find yourself appreciating the actor’s self-deprecating humor, and might even be tempted to take another (or a first) look at “Smokey and the Bandit” on homevideo.”

– Variety