‘Deliverance,’ the 1972 dramatic thriller, features powerhouse performances from Ronnie Cox, Ned Beatty, Jon Voight, and particularly, Burt Reynolds.
In addition, actors Bill McKinney as Mountain Man and Herbert Coward as Toothless Man remain two of the most frightening movie villains of all time.
One of the most famous scenes is ‘Dueling Banjos’ which took place between Ronnie Cox’s character Drew and Billy Redden as Lonnie, a local “mountain kid.”
The scene is amazing considering neither Cox nor Redden actually played their instruments. Cox strummed a few chords but for the most part, the camera angles kept his hands hidden since he wasn’t playing.
Redden couldn’t play the banjo at all. The hands you see are actually the hands of a musician who is hidden!
Check it out (skip to 2:30 if you want to see where they really take off):
Even after 44 years, when people hear banjo music, they’re likely to think of Dueling Banjos and the movie ‘Deliverance’ — what a testament to the scene and the movie!
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