How to Sink a Career in Six Easy Steps: A Tribute to the Films of Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham (part 5 of 8)

Burt and Company quickly hook up with Farrah, and the rest of the middle portion of the film is made up of the aforementioned vignettes. Moore has a new girl in the car each time we see him, Jackie Chan’s car has a lot of high-tech stuff (not to mention both guys are horny as hell), the Sheik does… stuff, the hot chicks dupe a few cops (until being pulled over by one played by Valerie Perrine), Burt’s team trades insults with and sabotages Dean and Sammy… You get the picture.

In fact, pictures really say more than words can here.

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Fenderbaum messes with the ambulance while Blake distracts J.J.

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J.J. retaliates by telling the cops Blake and Fenderbaum are Commies.

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The cleavage routine generally works…

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At least until you meet a cop who can match you boob for boob.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: How to Sink a Career in Six Easy Steps: A Tribute to the Films of Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham

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  • I’d rather eat a Wish Burger at the local In-N-Out and call it a meal than watch these movies again. I own ’em all, sadly.

  • Ed

    I’ve been reading Hal Needham’s autobiography, pretty damn good read as he has tons of stories.

  • I f…king hated, HATED “The Cannonball Run.” If anything, Ed was too soft on it. It was ninety-six minutes of torture disguised as a movie. My prostate surgery was more fun. (OK, I was knocked out for that, but still…) I was dragged to the flick on a date back in 1981. The cocaine deal that went down in the theater’s men’s room was more entertaining. Remember, a mere nine years before “CR,” Albert Ruddy produced “The Godfather.” Which, as Ed wrote on this site, is (justifiably) regarded as one of the greatest movies ever. It just goes to show how far the mighty can fall.
    And, the role of the astronaut, Garrett Breedlove, in “Terms of Endearment” (another movie I hate in the extremus) was not in the book, but written into the script specifically for Mr. Reynolds. Talk about whizzing success away…

  • Patrick W

    Stuntman extraordinaire/director Hal Needham passed away this past Friday (October 25, 2013). He was 82 years old. Although I expressed my disdain for one of his movies below, his passing saddens me.