For the latest instalment of guitars in movies we look at Deliverance the 1972 classic American thriller. The scence in question might not be an out an out guitar moment but it features some great acoustic guitar playing which accompanies some even better Banjo playing.
The Warner Bros. film Deliverance starred Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty and was produced and directed by John Boorman. It is based on the 1970 novel of the same name by author James Dickey. The film has become famous for the “duelling Banjos” scene and perhaps more infamous for the “squeal like a pig” male rape scene.
The film itself tells the story of four Atlanta businessmen Ed, Lewis, Drew and Bobby played by Voight, Reynolds, Cox and Beatty who decide to take a canoe trip down a river in the remote wilderness of Georgia. The main thrust of the story is the encounter that occurs between Ed and Bobby and two shotgun wielding hillbillies. During the encounter Lewis, discovering his friends being attacked, kills one of the hillbillies with his hunting bow and scares the other off. The rest of the movie addresses the conflict between the men as they try to get out of the wilderness.
Deliverance is a gruelling watch but has become a classic being selected in 2008 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Only films of cultural, historical or aesthetic significance are selected for preservation.
The scene that makes this a great guitar movie is the “Duelling Banjos” scene. Having just arrived Drew tries to engage a local boy by playing his guitar and responding to what the boy plays on his banjo. This leads to an impromptu rendition of “Duelling Banjos” which makes this a great guitar moment. Check out the scene below.
If you have not seen deliverance you can grab a copy here.
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