TV Critic’s Corner

A Burt Reynolds marathon is coming, but not anytime soon

Burt Reynolds in “The Longest Yard”
Burt Reynolds in “The Longest Yard”

In case you’re wondering, TCM is indeed going to do a Burt Reynolds tribute, but you’ll have to wait for it. The movie channel won’t be airing the six-movie marathon until Dec. 26. A late Christmas gift? You’ll also have to submit to TCM’s choices, which do not include “Boogie Nights.” Here are the selections:

“Smokey and the Bandit”: This 1977 comedy costars Sally Field, about whom Reynolds said in 2016, “She was the love of my life and I screwed the relationship up. That sense of loss never goes away.” Jackie Gleason is also on board.

“Deliverance”: This dark thriller from 1972 is unforgettable, and not only because of the banjo scene. Jon Voight costars. It was nominated for a best picture Oscar, but “The Godfather” deservedly won.


“The Longest Yard”: This 1974 prison comedy was remade in 2005 with Reynolds in a different supporting role.

“Hooper”: Reynolds plays an aging stuntman in the 1978 comedy. Field is in this one, too, along with Jan-Michael Vincent, Brian Keith, and Adam West as himself.

“Smokey and the Bandit II”: Yup, a sequel from 1980, with Field, Gleason, and Dom DeLuise.

“Best Friends”: Norman Jewison directed and Barry Levinson cowrote this 1982 romantic comedy with Goldie Hawn, Jessica Tandy, and Keenan Wynn.

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