Snowman and the Bandit

Quote of the Day     “For 50 years, all I’d done was take, take, take.  I decided from now on it is going to be giving.  And I’m way behind.  We’re all way behind. We live this life like what’s down here is what it’s all about. We’re temporary, son, like a wisp of smoke.”     –Jerry Reed

This isn’t a eulogy, and I’m not even going to write about Jerry Reed’s passing today. But I happened to read one of his obituaries and saw this beautiful quote, and I couldn’t let it go without sharing here.  I love that last sentence.  

And let me tell you something else.  Smokey and the Bandit was a damned good movie.  It is perhaps the most underrated quotable movie of all time and is funny as hell from the premise to the facial expressions to the incredibly, poetically, foul language.  Jackie Gleason, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, and Sally Fields all had their greatest roles in this movie as far as I’m concerned.  The landscape of the 1970’s South that passes by in a Trans-Am blur is drably beautiful.  Why Big Enos and Little Enos didn’t have a huge career after their transcendent performances is a mystery, but the movie couldn’t have begun or ended without them.  The local yokel extras who delivered their lines with such aplomb, the hot pants, the illicit Coors beer, East Bound and Down…my God, they must have had a helluva good time putting all this together. It’s a definite top ten of all time contender for TB.

I hope ole Burt’s got a good asshole runnin drinkin buddy tonight.

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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9 Responses to Snowman and the Bandit

  1. Stone says:

    “You sounded taller on the radio”

    True classic movie. Goes in the mix with Caddie Shack, Stripes, and Office Space as most quotable.

  2. “The gahd-dam Germans got nothin to DO with it.”

  3. Jessie Lou says:

    “But Daddy!” Or was that Diddy? Jackie Gleason could also say “Son of a Bitch” better than anyone since, except my mother.

  4. Madd Dawg says:

    no doubt, a great flick. This past weekend, my wife asked me why I was wasting my time by watching Caddyshack for the 115th time, and I told her that 75% of American guys quote that movie at least once a month, some once per day, and that occasional viewing was required to make sure I stayed fresh on the quotes. On that note, I think a Smokey screening is long overdue as it has been some time since I heard the “…punch yo’ mama…” diatribe.

  5. smilyj says:

    “Thank ya nice lady.”

  6. Sweet says:

    I always wondered what a diablo sandwich was, just looked it up and
    combine ground beef, taco seasoning mix, wholekernel corn, diced tomatoes in skillet and cook 15 mins….spread lettuce on a bun scoop ingredients from pan and add sour cream
    “Give me a diablo sandwich and a Dr. Pepper and make it fast I’m in a goddamn hurry. (To Junior waiting outside) Junior you want something! (Junior) “Hushpuppies daddy!” (Sherriff Justice) “Hushpuppies?! We ain’t got time for that shit!”

  7. That brings a tear to my eye.

  8. SAM says:


  9. Anonymous says:

    When we get home I’m gonna punch yo mamma in the mouf!!!

    Hold on to ya a** Fred!!!

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