What’s Your Favorite Burt Reynolds Film Performance?

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  • Colin B

    Burt Reynolds — I really liked him in “Heat”, one of the great and underestimated films of his career.

  • Blair Kramer

    Remember a TV mini-series called SCARLET, the supposed sequel to GONE WITH THE WIND? Timothy Dalton played Rhett Butler! Now… We all know that Dalton was a great Daniel Craig-like James Bond. But as Rhett Butler he was MUCH too British! Anyway, I always thought a middle aged Burt Reynolds would have been the perfect Rhett Butler! Unfortunately, he’s much too old now.

  • Jim H

    I thought Rough Cut where he played a diamond thief with David Niven was one of his best.

  • chrijeff

    I haven’t seen much of his movie work, but I have a fondness for Sam Whiskey.

  • Brenda

    I love The Man Who LOved Cat Dancing or something like that. I’m not good at remembering names.

    • fbusch

      Burt Is a fine serious actor. But, when they turned him loose in comedy roles he soared. And yes, I loved him in The man who loved cat dancing too.

      • captrr

        I’ll put in another vote for “…Cat Dancing.”

  • rufnek43

    Reynolds’s best role was as Judge Walter Burns in the 1999 feature, “Mystery, Alaska,” which marked the first time I ever took him seriously as an actor. Maybe it’s because he broke through his former “good ol’ boy” typecasting to portray a realistic character. Or maybe it’s just because Reynolds is easier to take in small doses. I think he’s better as a supporting character than the main star of a film.

  • CJ

    Gator in “White Lightning”…hands down. He was the good ol’ boy, but his anger and determination to get the guys who killed his baby brother are palpable.

    • Bruce Reber

      I’ll second that! He reprised that role in the 1976 sequel titled, what else, “Gator”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.asch1 Jeff Asch

    I always loved “Best Friends” from 1982 with Goldie Hawn…that and “Lucky Lady” in 1975. He’s such an underrated actor.

  • David a. Young

    The role of Lewis (Deliverance) required suburb timing and concentration, not merely one liners and cute innuendos. The movie made you think, and Reynolds got the author’s intent. Actually, he, John Voigt, and Ned Beatty made the movie better, in my opinion, than The Godfather. Sorry, but I cannot remember the fourth main character’s name, but he was great as well.

    • Bruce Reber

      The fourth actor was Ronny Cox, but I don’t remember the name of his character either.

  • Jane Kelly

    Some of my favorite performances of Burt’s aren’t necessarily what I think are the best. He was brilliant in both Deliverance and Boogie Nights – but they aren’t the ones I would watch first.