I was reminded today of a great debate that raged in our neighborhood… when I was about 9 years old.
At that time, Burt Reynolds The Great was churning out movies at a furious clip. After paving the way for Star Wars with Smokey and the Bandit, he revolutionized the film industry with the movie that would provide the inspiration for The Matrix – Hooper. Both great movies, to be sure… but which was the best?
Friend Jeff maintained that Smokey and the Bandit was “…nothing but one big chase,” while Friend Jack insisted “…Hooper had the depth and soul.”
My take is that it is Smokey and the Bandit that endures because, to this day, I still find myself singing “we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done/we got a long way to go and a short time to get there…”
My thanks to Jerry Reed who passed away yesterday. “East Bound and Down” is the gift that keeps on giving.