Mountain Men: The Making of Deliverance
From the feature story:
It’s near impossible to float down a river in Georgia without someone referencing Deliverance, usually exclaiming, in an exaggerated drawl, “Squeal like a pig!” That many of these giddy rivergoers—almost always from the Big City—have never seen the film or read James Dickey’s 1970 novel, much less considered the horrific act that line conjures, is the point: Movie lines live a life of their own. Just visit squeallikeapig.com, the personal website of actor Bill McKinney, who uttered it. Or spend a few minutes on a summer Sunday watching the rafts plunge down Bull Sluice, the Chattooga River’s main event, and listen for the jokes straining over the roar of the rapids. Is it the river that made the film, or the film that made the river?
Read Charles Bethea’s full oral history
Happy Flashback Friday: The movie turns forty this month. Before you see a screening of it tonight at 7:30 at the Fox (where our own Charles Beathea will discuss the film), read our 2011 oral history on how Deliverance came to forever change the way the world sees Georgia