The Reel Review


This is one of the most iconic movies of the 1970s – about four men canoeing down a north Georgia river and their nightmarish struggle to survive following a life-changing sexual assault by a couple of hillbillies. Deliverance’s shocking, raw depiction of male rape juxtaposed with the natural beauty of the wilderness is haunting and disturbing. The “Dueling Banjos” scene is iconic. And like that part of the country (I have rafted the Chattooga River where Deliverance was filmed), the film’s datedness actually lends it an appropriate timelessness that holds up, even after all these years.

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