The movie “Deliverance” is based upon the book of the same title, by American author James Dickey. His cameo as the Sheriff in the cinematic production was awesome, and you can learn a lot about life from Bobby’s(Ned Beatty) squealing in the woods. Its not everyday that you are encountered by mountainmen with a shotgun thankfully, and highly unlikely that you’ll be bent over a log covered in poison oak. Yet in this movie, you see the arrogance of the city folks versus those living in the backwoods regions of Appalachia. While most of the four men who go on the canoe trip, are at least somewhat respectful towards the downtrodden, Bobby continues to verbally make fun of them. He talks about “genetic deficiencies,” and basically refers to the indigenous people as a bunch of “dumb hillbillies.’
Bobby and his friends are “high faluting” office folks, with the exception of Lewis, played by Burt Reynolds, before he became known as a Congressman who liked Vaseline in his boots in Striptease. Or before he was impressed by Dirk Diggler’s dangly bits in the movie Boogie Nights. These city boys decide to take a canoe trip down the river, towards a town near Aintry, and drive their luxurious SUV’s into the area. They pay the locals a tiny sum of money to bring their vehicles to them at the end of the journey, and we learn that John Voight can’t shoot a deer five feet in front of him, but he did make up for this by shooting out a stunning Angelina Jolie. She’s got a really pretty mouth.
My view of this movie, is that Bobby got what he deserved, by having a train run through him over that log. His arrogance and contempt for those in the region, was paid back in full by Bill McKinney. He of course, is known for the line, “Now let’s you just drop them pants.” He’s now doing small bits, and is actually a wedding singer. Talk about a reversal of roles, so he can belt out the lines at weddings, and show what the groom is in for! Couldn’t you see Bobby repeating that line famous from “Bad Santa” after his experience on the log? It would have been hilarious if Sheriff Dickey and the rest of the townspeople at the end, bent him over it again, because then the the Southern Justice style of retribution would have reared its ugly head.
In Part 2, the boys will enter this area in Smart Cars, while drinking Latte Cappuchino’s from Starbucks, and have bluetooth’s attached to their ears.
The famous scene, now in 2010:
Ed(John Voight) and Bobby(Ned Beatty) are on the shoreline, and see two mountainmen walking towards them.
“How goes it?” Ned’s introduction is inappropriate, considering they are on lower ground, and one of the mountainmen has a gun. “What the hell you think you’re doing?” Bill McKinney asks.
This is where Bobby should have got his s*it together, and realized he should have said “Good afternoon gentlemen,” or something along those lines. Instead, he continues to bait the mountainmen in taking invasive action.
Bobby’s tactical mistake of saying “This river only runs one way captain, haven’t you heard?” only adds fuel to the fire. Here he’s insulting, condenscending attitude earns the ire of the mountain men. “You know something youre right, were lost, we don’t know where the hell we are.” Bad mistake. You never give out your “Ace in the Hole” when you’ve already infuriated the mountain men. “We’ll buy some whiskey from you, we could use it couldn’t we?” Moonshine is a sensitive, push button political issue in these parts, and Bobby really screwed up here. His eye rolling didn’t help either, and also that fake smile didn’t exactly help his cause.
I sincerely hope you’ve learned why Bobby was exposed, and reamed for his arrogance and stupidity. These mountainmen probably were jealous of the Bluetooth devices, and Mocha Frappuchinos, having to survive on Venison, Moonshine, and whatever water could be pumped out of a rusty well. Bobby got what he deserved, as he was no tragic character, but an example of what you get when you are an a*s. You get plowed.