The Cahulawassee River valley in Northern Georgia is one of the last natural pristine areas of the state, which will soon change with the imminent building of a dam on the river, which in turn will flood much of the surrounding land. As such, four Atlanta city slickers - alpha male Lewis Medlock, generally even-keeled Ed Gentry, slightly condescending Bobby Trippe, and wide-eyed Drew Ballinger - decide to take a multi-day canoe trip on the river, which turns into a trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

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  1. James Dickey

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. John Boorman


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jon Voight

    Jon Voight


  2. Burt Reynolds

    Burt Reynolds


  3. Ned Beatty

    Ned Beatty


  4. Ronny Cox

    Ronny Cox


  5. ER

    Ed Ramey

    "Old Man"

  6. BR

    Billy Redden


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 49m

Budget $2,000,000.00

Revenue $46,122,355.00

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Release Information

  • July 30, 1972
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Brutal, Beautiful and Brilliant.

Four Atlanta friends - Lewis (Burt Reynolds), Ed (John Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) – decide to canoe down the Cahulawassee River out in the Georgia wilderness. They see it as a test of manliness whilst also wanting to experience this part of nature before the whole valley is flooded over to make way for the upcoming construction of a dam and lake. But the perils of nature are not the only dangerous things in their midst, unfriendly wood folk are about to bring another dimension in terror.

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