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Sheriff Buford "Smokey" T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), is the prospective father-in-law of unwilling bride Carrie (Sally Field). The Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a maverick race car driver, makes an $80,000 bet that he can transport a shipment of Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas to Atlanta within 28 hours. It's important to note that in 1977, it was illegal to sell the Coors brand east of the Mississippi River without a permit. If we don't note that, then the plot won't make sense at times. Already in danger of arrest from redneck lawmen like Smokey, the Bandit furthers his chances at a stiff jail term when he offers Carrie a ride, and she hopes to escape her unwanted wedding to Justice's boy. The rest of the film is one long chase, which is not quite as subtle as a Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon, and not quite as restrained as a Three Stooges short. Universally panned by critics upon its first release, it reaped close to $50 million at the box office and led to two sequels.