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Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
Smokey and the Bandit Part Three is a 1983 film staring Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick , Mike Henry and Colleen Camp. The film also includes a very brief cameo by the original Bandit, Burt Reynolds.
As is the case with the two proceeding Smokey and the Bandit films, Smokey and the Bandit Part Three begins with Big (McCormick) and Little (Williams) Enos offering a sizable wager on one's ability to transport a shipment a large distance in a short period of time. Offering a slight twist, however, the offer is this time made to a retiring Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Gleason), betting $250000 against his badge on his ability to transport a large stuffed fish from a eatery in Florida to Texas.
Unlike the two earlier films, Enos and Enos this time seem to be quite active in their desire to see Buford fail in his goal, going so far as to actually attempt to hire The Bandit to stop him. Discovering that The Bandit is unavailable, however, they hire the Snowman (Reed) as his replacement. Accepting the offer, the Snowman climbs behind the wheel of a black and gold 1983 Pontiac Trans Am and a cross-state chase ensues.
Many fans of the two proceeding movies were rather disappointed by the third installment of the series, citing a more juvenile, sexual humor and plot glitches (such as the oddity of requesting Sheriff Justice wager his police badge after crashing his retirement party) as the reason.
Currently, the film sits at #58 on IMDB.com's Bottom 100.
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