Published On: Thu, Sep 6th, 2018

RIP Burt Reynolds: A charismatic, classy actors – Best Films List

The Longest Yard (original and remake)

If you need a laugh, this is the film for you.

Reynolds returning for the Adam Sandler sequel (as Coach Nate) showed the appreciation he had for his fans and his true humanity.

Reynolds often sat with the prisoners during meal breaks and socialized with them, according to Georgia State Penitentiary prisoner Harold Morris pardoned for wrongful charges. In fact, he paid for photos with the inmates and gave autographed photos to many of Morris’ relatives.

On display was the cocky, witty Reynolds, shocking his football skills and creating a timeless classic.

In March he confessed he never saw the Sandler version and revealed the pitch with Sandler’s “minions” to discuss the remake.

“(There were) like seven people in an office. And they were all talking about how they were going to make the best picture of The Longest Yard,” says Reynolds. “And I said, ‘Well I hope you make a good one. But I don’t think you’re going to make a better one.’ “

Reynolds makes it clear he went for a paycheck part.

“I said, ‘Well, good luck. And how many days am I working? Three days?’ I said, ‘OK. And how much money is it? OK, this is good.’ ”

Despite poor reviews, the remake was fun, showcased great NFL stars and levity from the first film, but…as Burt said: it may be good, it certainly wasn’t better.

Sharky’s Machine

In 1981 the crime drama proved Reynolds maintained a major box office draw and dramatic flair to go with his comedic accomplishments. The adaptation of William Diehl’s first novel was shot on location in and around his hometown of Atlanta, with Diehl’s “approval.”

This was a major accomplishment to see Reynolds move so successfully behind the camera. There are great fight scenes and suspense.

Though Burt has made numerous police thrillers and played a cop or private detective numerous times, it is this one only movie that is filmed with a very similar tone and style to the Dirty Harry series, nicknaming the film as “Dirty Harry Goes to Atlanta.”

Pro or con, Sharky was a great contrast to Burt’s resume and a highlight in hindsight.


It’s always interesting seeing Burt jump into a film, tackling something unique or bizarre and one of the best was his role as Congressman David Dilbeck, a slimy politician enjoying strippers in a…well, disgusting manner.

Oh, you certainly have to pause everytime you reach for a bottle of vaseline after his scenes in the film.

The “lint sniffing” likely led to his “Golden Rasberry Award” nomination, but I thought it was brilliant fun for the actor.


Deliverance: Just disturbing.

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005): Reynolds as Boss Hogg was a nice touch in an otherwise horrible film.

Hooper, Stroker Ace, Gator: Burt just being Burt.

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