Discover why Deliverance still thrills

It may be coming up for its 45th anniversary but John Boorman’s thrilling Deliverance is as fresh as a daisy in the adventure stakes.

It’s hard to believe Deliverance is almost as old as me! Made in 1972, director John Boorman’s adventure still stands the test of time, bringing you a visceral cinematic experience that you won’t easily forget.

4 city guys taking a canoeing trip in the Georgia backwoods sounds fairly exciting on first hearing. But when their holiday very quickly becomes a white-knuckle fight for survival after a run-in with a group of hillbillys, you’re pretty much gripped.

Coupled with that premise, the 4 guys in question are played by the superb Jon Voight, here fresh from his Oscar-nominated turn in his first starring role in Midnight Cowboy; the iconic Burt Reynolds who with this film became an out-and-out movie star; the brilliant character actor Ned Beatty in his debut film role; and the similarly wonderful Ronny Cox, then you have all the makings of something special.

Smart casting by the ever-brilliant Boorman, at the start of his big-screen career with Deliverance having made a splash 5 years earlier with the also classic crime thriller Point Blank.

In another article from the regular Guardian series, we hear from Jon Voight and John Boorman on the making of this now classic film. And once you’ve read it, you’ll pretty much want to watch the movie again, as I did.

How we made… Deliverance

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