La Times Deliverance 1972 Directed By John Boorman Filming Locations And Facts


Deliverance (1972) Directed by John Boorman, filming locations and facts

posted by Paul Townsend alias brizzle born and bred on Tuesday 31st of October 2017 04:46:02 AM

Boorman’s Deliverance is the best film I’ve ever seen. Bar none. It destroyed any form of peace and enjoyment one can acquire from the woods (let alone camping), but with this, I wholeheartedly admit that I love everything about it. You have Burt Reynolds as the personification of ‘70s swagger, John Voight as the perfectly petty yuppie, Ronny Cox as the voice of reason and Ned Beatty as the poorest son of a bitch who has ever lived. And the woods. Those remorseless, thick woods, that spawn American derangement at its most horrific. Calming, terrifying, oddly endearing – this is a film that has it all. Directed by John Boorman Film Director - John Boorman attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not, in fact, Roman Catholic. His first job was for a dry-cleaner. Later, he worked as a critic for a women's journal and for a radio station until he entered the television business, working for the BBC in Bristol. There, he started as assistant but worked later as director on documentaries, such as "The Newcomers" (1964). His friendship with Lee Marvin allowed him to work in Hollywood (e.g. Point Blank (1967) and Hell in the Pacific (1968)) from where he returned to the UK (e.g. Leo the Last (1970), Zardoz (1974) or Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)). He became famous for Excalibur (1981), The Emerald Forest (1985) and his autobiographic story Hope and Glory (1987) where he tells his own experiences as a child after World War II and which brought him another Academy Award Nomination after Deliverance (1972). Writing Credits James Dickey (screenplay and novel) James Lafayette Dickey (February 2, 1923 – January 19, 1997) was an American poet and novelist. He was appointed the eighteenth United States Poet Laureate in 1966. He also received the Order of the South award. Dickey was also a novelist, known for Deliverance (1970) which was adapted into an acclaimed film of the same name. Cast (in credits order) Jon Voight ... Ed Voight next appeared in 1972's Deliverance. Directed by John Boorman, from a script that poet James Dickey had helped to adapt from his novel of the same name, it tells the story of a canoe trip gone awry in a feral, backwoods America. The film and the performances of Voight and co-star Burt Reynolds received great critical acclaim and were popular with audiences. Burt Reynolds ... Lewis Dickey suggested Gene Hackman to play Ed, while Boorman wanted his “Point Blank” star Lee Marvin for that part, with Marlon Brando for Lewis. But Marvin, on reading, told Boorman he thought they should go for younger actors. Jack Nicholson was actually announced as starring in the film by the LA Times (as Ed), but ultimately proved too expensive, Robert Redford was also considered, while Charlton Heston and Donald Sutherland both turned down Lewis (Sutherland considered it too violent at the time), and Henry Fonda, George C. Scott and Warren Beatty were also possibilities at some point. Eventually, Boorman got Burt Reynolds (in the film that made him a star), Jon Voight, and relative newcomers to film Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty, the latter of whom had been a stage actor for 25 years, but here made his first film appearance . Ned Beatty ... Bobby Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 160 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden Globe Award; he also won a Drama Desk Award. Ronny Cox ... Drew Daniel Ronald "Ronny" Cox (born July 23, 1938) is an American actor, singer-songwriter and storyteller. His best-known roles include Drew Ballinger in Deliverance (1972), George Apple in Apple's Way (1974–75), Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Richard "Dick" Jones in RoboCop (1987) and the villain Vilos Cohaagen in Total Recall (1990). Cox wrote a book about his experience filming Deliverance for the movie's 40th anniversary in 2012. He plays over 100 shows at festivals and theaters each year with his band. Ed Ramey ... Old Man Ed Ramey was an actor, known for Deliverance (1972). He died on January 1, 1984 in Georgia, USA. Billy Redden ... Lonnie (banjo-playing boy) Billy Redden (born 1956 in Rabun County, Georgia) is an American actor best known for his role as Lonnie, the banjo-playing boy, in the 1972 film Deliverance. Redden, then 15, earned his role in Deliverance during a casting call at Clayton Elementary School in Clayton, Georgia. To add authenticity and humor to the film, the filmmakers found Redden to fit the look of the inbred and mentally retarded banjo boy called for by the book, although Redden himself is neither. His distinctive look was enhanced using special makeup. In his famous scene, Redden plays the instrumental "Dueling Banjos" opposite actor Ronny Cox on guitar. It is noted for foreshadowing the film's theme: exploring unknown and potentially dangerous territory. Redden could not actually play the banjo. A local musician, Mike Addis, reached around from behind Redden; this was disguised using careful camera angles. Jon Voight claimed Redden "was a boy who had a genetic imbalance – a product of his mother and his brother, I think. He was quite amazing, a very talkative fellow." Redden also appeared in Tim Burton's 2003 film Big Fish. Burton was intent on getting Redden, who hadn't appeared in a film since Deliverance, to play the role of a banjo-playing welcomer in the utopian town of Spectre. Burton eventually found him in Clayton, Georgia, where Redden worked as a cook, dishwasher, and part-owner of the Cookie Jar Café. In 2004, Redden made a guest appearance on Blue Collar TV playing an inbred car repairman named Ray in a "Redneck Dictionary" skit, for the word "raisin bread" (as in "Ray's inbred"). He played a banjo in the skit. He also worked for a time giving Deliverance tours along the river where the movie was shot. Over 30 people have died on the river since the film was made. Redden said that he found it too risky and quit. Seamon Glass ... First Griner The colorful ex-boxer was seen on 'Star Trek' and in such films as 'Deliverance,' 'Sleeper' and 'The Rose.' Seamon Glass, a rugged character actor who appeared on television on Star Trek and in such films as Deliverance, Sleeper and The Rose, has died. He was 90. Glass, who also was a boxer, Merchant Marine, schoolteacher and a guidance counselor at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles when he wasn't in front of the camera, died peacefully July 12 in his L.A. home, his wife, Yan Zhang, confirmed. In Deliverance, Glass played one of the Griner brothers, whom Burt Reynolds and friends encounter on the way to the river, and in Sleeper, he portrayed a guard who fights with Woody Allen right after he wakes up in the future. In Bette Midler's The Rose, he was a trucker. A longtime resident of Santa Monica, Glass worked as a stuntman in Spartacus (1960) — in a scene in a boat filmed not far from his home — and starred as a sheriff in This Is Not a Test (1962), a low-budget film about the threat of nuclear war. He also played a miner in the first-season Star Trek episode “Mudd’s Women,” which first aired in October 1966. Randall Deal ... Second Griner Randall Deal was born as Randall Leece Deal. He is an actor, known for Deliverance (1972) and Baker County, U.S.A. (1982). In the early 1960s, Deal was convicted on two counts of violating liquor laws and one count of conspiring to violate liquor laws. He never saw any jail time for the crime, but it remained a blemish on his record for nearly 40 years. In 2001, he filed the necessary papers to request a presidential pardon and on August 16th, 2006, he was granted absolution by President George W. Bush. Bill McKinney ... Mountain Man The actor, who petrified movie audiences when he said "squeal like a pig," passed away 2011 after a battle with esophageal cancer, aged 80. A prolific artist up until his death, McKinney's career included dozens of film credits (including 7 Clint Eastwood titles) and appearances on television series such as In The Heat of the Night, Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger. Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward ... Toothless Mountain Man Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward (born August 21, 1938 in South Carolina) is an actor who appeared in the 1972 thriller Deliverance. Coward began acting in the Wild West amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Coward got the role as the toothless mountain man in Deliverance when Burt Reynolds remembered him from working together at the park early in his career. Coward turned up for the audition looking so much like a hillbilly that director John Boorman, who had trouble finding an actor for the part, thought Reynolds had told him what to wear. In 2007, Coward played the role of Harmon Teaster in the film adaptation of Ghost Town. It was only his second film role and his first in 34 years. Former co-star Bill McKinney from Deliverance played the role of Victor Burnett. Coward has recently starred in Destination America's Hillbilly Blood. Lewis Crone ... First Deputy Lewis Crone was born on January 2, 1938 in the USA as Lewis Franklin Crone. He was an actor, known for Deliverance (1972). He died on April 22, 1988 in Florida, USA. Ken Keener ... Second Deputy Kenneth Keener who played the ‘second deputy’ in the 1972 John Boorman film Deliverance. Kenneth was not only a huge help in tracking down the elusive Billy Redden (the unforgettable Lonnie aka ‘banjo boy’) but also a fantastic storyteller and all around great guy! Johnny Popwell ... Ambulance Driver Johnny Popwell was born on November 17, 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor, known for Deliverance (1972), Freejack (1992) and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968). John Fowler ... Doctor John Fowler was born on July 6, 1932 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. He is known for his work on Deliverance (1972). He died on March 28, 2003 in Clayton, Georgia. Kathy Rickman ... Nurse Kathy Rickman is an actress, known for Deliverance (1972), Grizzly (1976) and Opening Day (2009). Louise Coldren ... Mrs. Biddiford Louise Coldren was born on May 20, 1918 in the USA. She was an actress, known for Deliverance (1972). She died on November 21, 1992 in the USA. Peter Ware ... Taxi Driver Peter Ware is an actor, known for Deliverance (1972) James Dickey ... Sheriff Bullard Deliverance is based on James Dickey’s first novel, which consistently appears in top 100 lists of English language books. Dickey wrote the screenplay, provided guidance and intimidation during production, and made a cameo appearance as Sheriff Bullard. Macon McCalman ... Deputy Queen Willis Macon McCalman (December 30, 1932 – November 29, 2005), aka Macon McCalman, was an American television, stage and big screen movie actor. Hoyt Pollard ... Boy at Gas Station Hoyt Pollard is toward the bottom of the credits as "boy at gas station" but a lot of the hits I found on Google say that's not him and the Banjo Boy was played by Billy Redden. Billy Redden is credited as the character Lonnie. I went back and watched that scene again and none of the hillbillies speaks to the boy or calls him Lonnie. But he's right up there near the top of the credits. There is, however, if you watch the background during the bajo scene, a boy sneaking up the hill behind the porch to watch. Belinda Beatty... Martha Gentry (as Belinha Beatty) Belinda Beatty was born as Belinha Putnam Rowley. She is an actress, known for Deliverance (1972), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and Nashville (1975). She was previously married to Ned Beatty. Charley Boorman ... Ed's Boy (as Charlie Boorman) Boorman started in the film business appearing in films directed by his father at an early age. His first appearance was in Deliverance (1972). filming locations Chattooga River, Georgia, USA (Cahulawassee River) Sylva, North Carolina, USA (dilapidated town) Lake Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA (waterfall) Oconee County, South Carolina, USA (lake jocasee) Lake Jocassee, Oconee County, South Carolina, USA Tallulah Gorge, Georgia, USA Rabun Gap, Georgia, USA Clayton, Georgia, USA Beaufort, South Carolina, USA Deliverance/Film Facts Filming took place in Georgia, and parts of North and South Carolina. “The woman character’s home—the way they lived there—was just exactly how it was. It was not set up, just us peering through the window with a camera. The old man who dances and many others were hillbillies.” Boorman commented on the “…notorious inbreeding in these communities…because these are the descendants of white people who married Indians; they were then ostracized by both Indians and whites, so they had to turn in on themselves. The community grew up around that history and you can see in some of the faces the traces of that history.” Boorman searched for a kid in the local community to play Lonnie in this scene. “The boy (Billy Redden) actually is quite bright, but because of the way he looked, he was treated as retarded by the community.” Redden couldn’t play banjo, so they found another kid who could. The hand you see is not Redden’s, it’s the other kid crouched behind him. “We used his left hand and made extra sleeve on Redden’s shirt. Redden is doing the strumming, the other boy (who never get credit because ‘We were not anxious to reveal this fact’), the fretting.” Director John Boorman's son Charley Boorman appears near the end of the movie as Ed's little boy. To minimize costs, the production wasn't insured -- and the actors did their own stunts. (For instance, Jon Voight actually climbed the cliff.) To save costs and add to the realism, local residents were cast in the roles of the hill people. Author of the novel and screenplay James Dickey appears at the end of the film as the sheriff. Burt Reynolds broke his coccyx while going down the rapids when the canoe capsizes. Originally, a cloth dummy was used, but it looked too much "like a dummy going over a waterfall". After Reynolds was injured and recuperating, he asked, "How did it look?" The director replied, "Like a dummy going over a waterfall." According to Turner Classic Movies, John Boorman wanted Lee Marvin and Marlon Brando to play Ed and Lewis, respectively. After reading the script, Marvin suggested that he and Brando were too old, and that Boorman should use younger actors instead. Boorman agreed, and cast Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. Originally, Sam Peckinpah wanted to direct the movie. When John Boorman secured the rights, Peckinpah directed Straw Dogs (1971) instead. Ned Beatty was the only one of the four main actors to ever have paddled a canoe prior to shooting the movie, which is ironic since his character is the most inept and clumsy. The others learned on set. "Dueling Banjos" was the first scene shot. The rest of the movie was almost entirely shot in sequence. Billy Redden, the boy with the banjo liked Ronny Cox, and disliked Ned Beatty. When at the end of the dueling banjos scene, the script called for Billy to harden his expression towards Drew Ballinger, Cox's character, he was unable to fake dislike for Cox. To solve the problem, they got Beatty to step towards Billy at the close of the shot. As Beatty approached, Billy hardened his expression and looked away - exactly as intended. The movie was shot on the Chattooga River, dividing South Carolina and Georgia. The year following the release of the movie, 31 people drowned attempting to travel the stretch of river where the movie was shot. The cliff climbing scene was shot "day for night", meaning that the footage was shot during the day and underexposed with a bluish tint (in post-production). Because film stocks were so slow (up until the late 1970s), and the anamorphic lenses were slow (didn't let in as much light as spherical lenses), and a plethora of lights were often needed, day for night was common practice for many films with night scenes during that period of filmmaking. Faster film stock has made the technique less common. Despite the title of the piece, "Dueling Banjos" actually features a banjo and a guitar. John Boorman discovered both Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty working in theater. Neither had substantial film experience previously. Credited with the first recording of "Dueling Banjos" (its most common title, also known as "Feudin' Banjos" and "The Battle Of The Banjos") is 'Don Wayne Reno (II)' and Arthur Smith. Prior to "Deliverance" both parts were played with banjos, and it is the same speed all the way through. Almost all modern bluegrass bands play the "Deliverance" version in the key of G. In the movie both the guitarist and banjo players have capos on the second fret, denoting it is in the key of A. John Boorman was looking for an actor to play the toothless one of the pair of murderous hillbillies. Burt Reynolds suggested Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward, who had no front teeth, stuttered and was illiterate. Reynolds had worked with Coward in a Wild West show in Maggie Valley, NC. Unlike Ronny Cox with his guitar, actor Billy Redden did not know how to play banjo for the famous "Duelling Banjos" scene. To simulate the realistic chord playing on the banjo, another boy, who was a skilled banjo-player, played the chords with his arm reaching around at Redden's side while Redden picked. On the soundtrack, musicians Eric Weissberg and 'Steve Mandel' are actually playing. When Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand were married during this shoot, Charley Boorman (then 5) served as a pageboy at the wedding. James Dickey and John Boorman allegedly got into a fistfight on set, in which the writer broke the director’s nose and knocked out his teeth. Dickey was a contradictory figure, a man of letters who served in the air force in both World War Two and the Korean War, an ad man who was also a college professor as well as a poet laureate. “Deliverance,” which the writer hinted was based on real events (although few believe him; Boorman says “nothing in that book actually happened to him”) was his first and only experience in the film industry (although after his death, the Coen Brothers tried to make a silent version of his final book, “To The White Sea,” with Brad Pitt). Dickey, who was also an alcoholic, clashed heavily with Boorman throughout the shoot, particularly after the director cut the first 19 pages of the shooting script. According to Jon Voight‘s body double on the film, Claude Terry, Dickey would sit in a bar saying to all and sundry “God, they’re ruining my fucking movie, ain’t they? They’re not doing my book,” while Boorman says that Dickey was drunk on set, and became “very overbearing with the actors.” According to legend, things reached a peak when director and writer got into a fistfight which left Boorman with a broken nose and four teeth knocked out. Dickey was ejected from the set, but was allowed to return to film a cameo as the Sheriff in the film’s conclusion (although contrary to popular opinion, it’s not Ed O’Neill as one of the other cops). Despite Dickey’s objections, the film does stick relatively closely to the book, although the novel (which is narrated by Ed) goes into more detail about the home lives of its protagonists: Ed is a graphic designer, Lewis is a landlord, Drew works for a soft drinks company, and Bobby sells insurance. It also features more of an epilogue, with Ed and Lewis buying neighboring cabins next to a lake, and losing touch with Bobby, who, in Ed’s words “would always look like dead weight and like screaming, and that was no good to me.” None of this made it to the shooting script, but there was a slightly different ending. Instead of the hand rising out of the water in Ed’s nightmare, he imagined himself, Lewis and Bobby meeting Dickey’s sheriff, who’s discovered a body, and shows it to them. The scene was shot so that the audience didn’t know which of the three characters killed in the film — Drew, rapist Mountain Man or the Toothless Man — it was, with Ed waking before the face was revealed. For the shoot, the body was played by Christopher Dickey, James Dickey‘s 20-year-old son, who would go on to be a journalist for Newsweek and The Washington Post, and wrote a memoir, “Summer Of Deliverance,” about his time on the film’s set, and his relationship with his father.


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