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Pushing the Boundaries: Deliverance (1972) 4K Restoration

Opens on August 21

Director: John Boorman Run Time: 109 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1972

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Ed Ramey, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Country: United States
Language: English


The 1970s: Pushing the Boundaries

A Film Center retrospective on the most groundbreaking films to come out of the 1970s.


About the film:

Three time 1973 Academy Award Nominee. Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip.

The movie casts a spell through images both ugly and beautiful, and other sounds, none of them really reflecting the idea of “nature in harmony.” All here is dissonance, and the best one can do is find a thread of consolation within.”

-Glenn Kenny, Decider

They hope to get relaxation away from home life, but instead have to fight for survival after finding out that the locals are not happy about their arrival. This becomes a trip that they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

About the filmmaker:

John Boorman is an England born Producer, Director, and Writer. Before he landed in the film industry, Boorman worked as a critic for a women’s journal at a radio station, and then the television business. As an assistant at BBC, he worked his way up to direct documentaries and then through the utilization of his network he landed in Hollywood. Boorman is most known for Excalibur (1981), The Emerald Forest (1985), and Hope and Glory (1987). Boorman’s film Deliverance (1972) received three Academy Award nominations in 1973 for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Film Editing.

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