Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s dammed and turned into a lake, four Atlanta businessmen embark on a canoeing trip into the dangerous and isolated American wilderness. During their trip, things take a turn for the worse as they experience rough water and run into hostile locals. The four friends have to battle to find their way out, even when it requires actions they never thought they would be capable of.
John Boorman’s tense and brutal study of lost and regained primal masculinity came at a crucial time in American societal upheaval: the Vietnam War had divided the country to its core and the migration of the white middle class from inner city life to the suburbs was just completed, dulling the adventurous spirits with its sheltered lives behind picket fences. The film follows a group of friends looking to regain some outdoor ruggedness by canoeing the Cahulawassee river in rural Georgia. Their run-ins with the local hill folk pushes them to the very edge in a fight for their lives. Deliverance made an international star from the then unknown tv actor Burt Reynolds and he named the film “the best movie I’ve ever been in.” He might just be right…
Cast: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty
Avontuur, Drama, ThrillerLand: VS
Speelduur: 109 minuten