Genre Guesstimation – Smokey & the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Simon of Moustache Movie News and it is Road Trip Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of December by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Simon!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Road Trip Movies.

“Follow that sum bitch. ” – Buford T. Justice

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (cable in the 80’s and 10 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – This time, Sheriff Justice is challenged by the Enos’ and must avoid getting stopped by the Bandit and his cohorts.

My Take on it – After a successful first film both financially and by critics and after a financially successful second film, they decided to go for broke and try yet again to take the framework from the previous films and create a new idea.

This one doesn’t work at all mostly because following Sheriff Justice instead of the Bandit just isn’t much fun.

The character can be interesting, but mostly as a supporting character but not as the real lead.

The antics in this film aren’t too clever and they try way too hard to try and push the envelope and see how much they can get away with.

Unfortunately, they fail in just about every attempt here.

If you wanna see this done right, see the original!

Bottom Line – Really bad idea. This film is more about Justice than the Bandit and just loses it’s touch because as interesting a character as he can be, he just isn’t as much fun as The Bandit. The antics just aren’t very clever and by trying to push the envelope here, they go down in flames. Watch the original to see how its done right!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally titled “Smokey and the Bandit Part 3: Smokey Is The Bandit”, with Jackie Gleason playing both Sheriff Justice and The Bandit. Test audiences disliked seeing Gleason as The Bandit and parts of the film were re-shot with Jerry Reed reprising his role of Cledus who was now the new “Bandit”. Gleason’s scenes as The Bandit have never surfaced but one publicity still of Gleason dressed as The Bandit has been found. Reportedly, Gleason said at this early time: “This picture is much better than the other two ‘Smokeys’. There are more laughs. I write everything I do, but I don’t take any screen credit – just the money.” (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close.  Terrible addition to this franchise.

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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