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  • All of them would be changed, really, by this experience, each in a different way
  • Could the river be considered a character I think so

    • by dennismoore2
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      From the beginning, these four guys would not have an easy time roughing it in the north Georgia woods. These four friends set out for a nice weekend of hunting, but instead become the hunted, and only three of the men would be returning home, one of those three being changed forever.

      All of them would be changed, really, by this experience, each in a different way. One gets his leg badly broken, one gets mangled by the river’s rapids, one gets raped and humiliated by a mountain man, and one has to live with killing a man.

      Now, I hope that the mountain men portrayed in this film are not a reflection of reality. I shudder to think that there are people out there as


      degenerative as the men portrayed in this film. They were creepy and got what they deserved. In one scene, two mountain men hold Ned Beatty and Jon Voight at gunpoint, tie Voight to a tree, and force him to watch as one of the men has his way with the poor fellow, making him squeal like a pig during the horrendous act. For Beatty, who debuts in this film, that has to be a heck of a way to begin what turns out to be a great career.

      Burt Reynolds’ character comes and rescues his poor, unfortunate companions, by sending an arrow through one of the offending men. They bury the dead guy, since the whole area will be flooded soon, and to their dismay,


      • realize that one of their persecutors had gotten away. This leads them to believe, correctly, that he’s gone for help. So they hightail it by river to escape before the others return to avenge the murder of their �brother.�

        During the course of the rest of the film, Burt breaks his leg, Drew drowns and is mangled in the rapids, and Voight kills one of the pursuers. In the end, they make it out of the wilderness, get help for Burt, and succeed in convincing the sheriff of their innocence in the disappearance of one of the area’s citizens. Possibly, although the sheriff displays his doubt. At this point, with the area flooded now, there is really nothing he could do.

        Was justice served? On a

        basic level, I’d say so. An eye for an eye. Drew died during the chase, and the mountain man felled by an arrow. But Burt, Voight, and Beatty must live their lives with the knowledge of what happened that weekend. I’m sure the sleepless nights and haunting images will be carried by these men forever. No amount of vengeance or getting away with even justifiable homicide will erase those memories.

        The appropriate �Dueling Banjos� foretells what events are about to take place, as these two sets of men, one from the city, the other from the wilderness, square off in a duel to the death. Could the river be considered a character I think so. Ultimately, the river and the flooded valley claims victory over all.




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