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Forty years later, 'Smokey and the Bandit' to return to theaters

The Burt Reynolds-starring "Smokey and the Bandit" will return to movie screens for two dates: Sunday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 24.

The screening will also include specially produced commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, both before and after the feature, according to a news release.

The film was originally released May 27, 1977.

 The movie description follows:

“The Bandit” (Reynolds) has 28 hours to drive a truckload of Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta – while doing everything he can to avoid the relentless pursuit of “Smokey,” aka Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), while accompanied by runaway bride “Frog” (Sally Field).  But the story takes a backseat to the stunt-driven action of director Hal Needham, the still-sizzling on-screen chemistry of Reynolds and Field, and the good-ol’-boy antics of the film’s easy-going cast, including Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick and Mike Henry.

 The films will screen at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local times on both dates.

These theaters in the Oklahoma City metro area are hosting the film:

Quail Springs 24, 2501 W. Memorial Road, Oklahoma City

Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave., Oklahoma City

Spotlight Stadium 14, 1100 N. Interstate Dr., Norman

Tickets for Smokey and the Bandit can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices.

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