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CB Radios in Cinema: Smokey and the Bandit

When it comes to films showcasing trucking culture, one film that will always come up is the 1977 hit, Smokey and the Bandit! In this iteration of CB in Cinema, we will give a brief overview and examine the impact of the film.

Directed by Hal Needham and featuring A list stars such as Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, this film was set up for success! The story revolves around two characters, Bandit and Snowman as they attempt to smuggle beer from Texas to Atlanta. Along the way they communicated via CB radio as they drove trucks and other vehicles to get police off their tail.

Its initial opening in New York City was met with disappointment. It was only when it opened in the south where it received acclaim, especially in cities such as Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Memphis. With a budget of $4.3 million, the film would gross over $126 million in North America, the second highest grossing film of 1977 only being followed by Star Wars. The film led to more interest in trucking culture as well as the Pontiac Trans Am car, which held a defining role in the film.

We hope you found this film information on Smokey and the Bandit interesting and gave you further insight on CB in pop culture! At CB Radio Supply, we are here for all your radio needs and offer a wide range of customer service! Our free domestic US shipping and hassle-free returns is our guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your choices. Give us a call to speak with our expert staff today!

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