Feb. 10 at The Sentient Bean Coffeehouse, the Psychotronic Film Society presents a special 80th birthday salute to the Bandit himself: 1970s silver screen sex symbol Burt Reynolds.
Known best for roles in such classic American films as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard” and “Boogie Nights,” as well as in unforgettable dross such as “Striptease,” “Cannonball Run II,” “Stroker Ace,” “The End” and “Gator” (the last of which was partially filmed in and around Savannah), Reynolds has led a storied life as one of the most mercurial and inconsistent stars of film, TV and the stage this country has ever produced.
Beloved by millions for an almost endless variety of reasons, both serious and not-so-serious, Reynolds’ career began in 1961 and continues today, despite many longstanding and debilitating health issues. I have yet to read his recently released memoir, so I have no idea if he even mentions the extremely obscure and almost jaw-droppingly bizarre star vehicle the PFS will show in his honor. However, I can only hope he used that opportunity to shed some much-needed light on one of the darkest corners of his filmography.
The exact title of this insanely rare movie will remain a closely guarded secret until showtime, but it can be said that it’s never been released on home video in any format anywhere in the world since it was shown decades ago in theaters, and has become something of a Holy Grail for Reynolds collectors. This will doubtlessly be local viewers’ only chance to see it on the big screen. Showtime is 8 p.m., with $7 admission.