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.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.