Oscar Movies: Deliverance

Warner

John Boorman's superlative action-adventure is based on the novel by James Dickey, who adapted his book to the screen; Dickey also plays the role of the sheriff.

In this nightmarish tale, tour businessmen from Atlanta (played by Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox) go on a weekend canoe trip that ends in disaster when they encounter some vicious mountain people.

Nominally an adventure, “Deliverance” doesn't deny its audience the engagement in some more serious metaphysical issues, such as Man Vs. Nature and Civilization Vs. Wilderness.

“Deliverance” is credited as the film that made the then TV actor Burt Reynolds a major movie star, a position he would hold for another decade or so. The film also features impressive debuts from Ned Beatty and Ronnie Cox.

Oscar Nominations: 3

Picture, produced by John Boorman
Director: John Boorman
Editing: Tom Priestley

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

In 1972, “The Godfather” won Best Picture, Bob Fosse Best Director, for Cabaret,” which also won editing for David Bretherton.