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1977 Pontiac LeMans

1977 Pontiac LeMans in Smokey and the Bandit, Movie, 1977 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1977 Pontiac LeMans

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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Rocker B. J.

2006-01-17 20:12

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1977

qwerty_86 US

2006-05-27 06:40

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trucker wrote Sheriff Buford T. Justice's vehicle. Sum 1 should have pictures of this Smokey Bear gettin' teared apart.


LOL, then you wouldn't be able to recognize the car. :lol:

truckface NO

2006-06-01 13:59

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It looses the roof, a door, the muffler, another door and the right front wheel.

andre1969 US

2006-06-16 20:16

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At one point early on, the right rear quarter panel comes off of the car, but they're inconsistent about this, as they used several different '77 LeManses in this movie. In the scene where Buford tries to pass the Snowman, clips his rig, loses control, and get smacked in the side, it does some minor damage to the LeMans. Then in a later scene the rear quarter panel has black primer paint on it. And then in other shots it seems to be fine. And then by the time the car loses its roof, that rear quarter panel is totally gone.

Also, the damage to the front of the car appears inconsistent in some cases. For instance, when he rear-ends Sherriff Brandford's car and pushes him off the bridge, it buckles the hood and smashes some of the trim up front. But then in later scenes, sometimes the front of the car is fine, and sometimes it has varying degrees of damage.

trucker US

2006-07-03 02:27

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There is also a couple of Lemans Georgia State Vehicles.

trucker US

2006-07-06 01:19

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There is also a LeMans as an Alabama State Trooper who was trying to apprehend the Bandit when "Eastbound and Down" music was playing.

antp BE

2006-07-10 21:49

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additionnal picture sent by trucker:
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-- Last edit: 2006-07-10 21:49:50

shabanga69 US

2006-08-30 00:19

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i love this movie

Q-Ball JP

2007-11-02 01:09

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What moel is the car that gets fooled when the bandit hides behind the truck convoy?

Buc84 US

2007-11-02 01:52

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Q-Ball wrote What moel is the car that gets fooled when the bandit hides behind the truck convoy?
It was a 1977 Pontiac Le Mans,"made up" as Alabama State Trooper's car....Lived there in '77(And I saw it the first time at a Drive-In in Huntsville!)and all the "real" 'Bama Trooper cars were big Fords at the time,though the Huntsville P.D. -DID- have Pontiacs(76's & 77's)like these!!

mister car from 971 GP

2008-01-04 02:42

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And where are the pics of the sheriff Buford T. Justice's squad car who being destroyed during the movie?

Seth US

2008-01-27 01:17

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The man who played Buford T. Justice died of cancer.

Firebird86 US

2008-01-27 03:36

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That was Jackie Gleason , He died in June 24 1987 at his Inverarry home outside Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

mister car from 971 GP

2008-03-03 08:25

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Hey guys, don't you think that's amazing to destroy a car from 1977 in a '77 movie? They should choose an older LeMans in order to destroy it all-movie long!

jettalover US

2008-03-04 03:42

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Pontiac was probably spending a lot of money on product placement with all the new Pontiacs in this film.

Diesel Jim CA

2008-04-01 02:49

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On a side note, there is a local garage in town that stores wrecked vehicles while they wait on the insurance claims adjustors. Just the other day, they brought in a light blue 1977 Pontiac LeMans in MINT condition, other than the fact it had just been rolled. I felt bad for that car. But right away, it reminded me of the police cars in SATB. In fact, the light blue was almost the exact same shade as the light blue used on the cop cars later on in the movie.

andre1969 US

2008-04-16 18:15

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Pontiac supplied 5 brand-new cars for "Smokey and the Bandit". I've heard it was three Trans Ams and two LeManses, but I've also heard it the other way around. If you notice though, there are never any more than two LeManses on the screen at any one time. I'm convinced that they just used the same two over and over again, constantly repainting them different colors to represent the police cars from different states, and slapping them back together after they were wrecked. For instance, notice that Buford's car is brown with a blue interior...that's kind of a strange color combination! It's been awhile since I've seen the movie, but I seem to recall that when the doors were opened, or when that one door got knocked off, that you could see white in the doorjambs of Buford's LeMans.

thebandit77transam US

2009-04-14 14:02

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jettalover wrote Pontiac was probably spending a lot of money on product placement with all the new Pontiacs in this film.


nope not one bit!! they took parts off of the destroyed cars and re-fabricated them into new parts; so there was no need to buy more cars. And even if they had to, the movie was THE biggest hit of 1977, except star wars, which was a fictional movie with good graphics and lots of space things....of course it was a hit. Smokey and the Bandit was all realistic and non fictional, and it still was a big hit that brought a lot of money to Hal Needham and the actors, to pay Pontiac back. I still think its more entertaining than Star Wars.

thebandit77transam US

2009-04-14 14:04

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andre1969 wrote Pontiac supplied 5 brand-new cars for "Smokey and the Bandit". I've heard it was three Trans Ams and two LeManses, but I've also heard it the other way around. If you notice though, there are never any more than two LeManses on the screen at any one time. I'm convinced that they just used the same two over and over again, constantly repainting them different colors to represent the police cars from different states, and slapping them back together after they were wrecked. For instance, notice that Buford's car is brown with a blue interior...that's kind of a strange color combination! It's been awhile since I've seen the movie, but I seem to recall that when the doors were opened, or when that one door got knocked off, that you could see white in the doorjambs of Buford's LeMans.



They only used 2 LeMans but one was Bufords car and actually in one seen you can see his interior is a creamyish brown color, and in the other scenes its blue. So they used one LeMans for the cop car chasing bandit on the highway, and the other for Buford, and there were 3 T/As and 3 LeMans.

thebandit77transam US

2009-04-14 14:05

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andre1969 wrote Pontiac supplied 5 brand-new cars for "Smokey and the Bandit". I've heard it was three Trans Ams and two LeManses, but I've also heard it the other way around. If you notice though, there are never any more than two LeManses on the screen at any one time. I'm convinced that they just used the same two over and over again, constantly repainting them different colors to represent the police cars from different states, and slapping them back together after they were wrecked. For instance, notice that Buford's car is brown with a blue interior...that's kind of a strange color combination! It's been awhile since I've seen the movie, but I seem to recall that when the doors were opened, or when that one door got knocked off, that you could see white in the doorjambs of Buford's LeMans.



sorry i accidentally said 2 LeMans there were 3 of both.

ban-1 US

2009-08-01 08:52

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To whom was Justice reffering to when he sed "duck or your gonna be talkin outa your a**" in the seen the seen were the car gets deheaded

Choocv US

2009-09-19 02:21

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Junior, who else?

4x4 23 US

2009-11-19 23:28

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thebandit1977transam,

there was 2 buford cars, and I believe 4 Bandit Trans am's, because I watched a interview on this guy that was on youtube.com, and he was the person that took behind the scene photo's, from what I hear Pontiac gaves them 6 cars, 4 Trans Am's & 2 LeMans, this movie started filming in late summer of '76 and ended filiming in late fall of '76, so most of the vieachle's in this movie were either '76 or '77 models, the 2 buford cars were 2 left over cars I REPAT THE 2 BUFORD CARS USED IN THE MOVIE WERE LEFT OVERS FROM THE '76 MODEL CARS! but, alothough buford's 2 cars were '76 models all of Bandit's Trans Ams were '77's Bandit had a total of 4 Tran Am's one was put on a flat bed and rigged up for the Camera's & interrior shots the other car was used for the stunt man! & the other 2 cars that were used in the bridge jump & mail box hit Scenes we 2 stunt cars to wreck up & were both damaged after filmign those 2 scene's, the other car was stunt car & what ever was damaged on that car they would steal off of the 2 other cars that were pretty much damaged! both cars were scrapped after filming!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV20JzvPqDQ&NR=1 "Part 1"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM1NHmb_bUQ&feature=related "Part 2"

-- Last edit: 2009-11-19 23:38:54

BM US

2009-12-01 00:15

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yes 4x4 23,

the year of this car should be re-confirmed to the year 1976, he is very much correct the 2 car's in the movie where lefter overs from 1976 both the cars used as buford's cars were 1976's

truckface NO

2012-09-10 18:33

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Link to a real life Georgia State Police Lemans: Link to "copcardotcom.fotki.com" . Although authentic, i must say it`s a very effeminate paint scheme for a police car :/

Game-oholic 94 US

2012-10-01 02:09

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Why NOT give this car 5 stars? It's been through a lot of crashes, and it has been "chasing" the Bandit throughout the film.

wheeler2170 MY

2013-06-22 06:07

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Did the Mississippi Highway Patrol use this vehicle?

beacause there's a continuity error during the film.

-- Last edit: 2013-06-23 13:35:01

wheeler2170 MY

2013-06-22 06:11

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trucker wrote There is also a LeMans as an Alabama State Trooper who was trying to apprehend the Bandit when "Eastbound and Down" music was playing.


not to mention an Arkansas State Trooper vehicle who tried to get him, but failed to do so.

wheeler2170 MY

2013-06-22 06:13

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truckface wrote It looses the roof, a door, the muffler, another door and the right front wheel.


and had a jammed horn...

wheeler2170 MY

2013-06-23 13:36

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Choocv wrote Junior, who else?


Daddy, the top came off.

No s**t

wheeler2170 MY

2013-06-23 13:37

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Jammed horn scene from the film.

What the hell is this, a drive-in movie?!
*honks 3 times, but indirectly jams the horn"
Get off of there, you schnauzer's d**k!
*proceeds along the side of the road, but gets halted by an Alabama State Trooper, who kicks the side of the cruiser, 'fixing' the horn*
How do, Officer? My name's...
I don't care if your name's Broderick Crawford.
Don't you know you can't drive a piece of shit like that on the highway?
I'll thank you not to use that kind of language in my presence.
Never mind that crap. What the hell is this?
This is evidence.
Evidence?
Well, I don't care what it is.
You can't drive this piece of shit on my highway.
I'm tellin' you for the last time.
I happen to have my young son in the car,
and I don't wanna hear that kinda language.
Look, I'm askin' you one single, goddamn... Hold it!
Hold it!
Don't you ever, ever raise your voice to me!
Do you know who you're talkin' to?
I happen to be Buford T. Justice,
a distinguished officer of over 30 years' seniority!
One of the most highly-respected law enforcement agents
in the United States of America.
That vehicle happens to be evidence,
valuable evidence,
that's going to convict a maniac
that I've been tryin' to apprehend
and that I have been in high-speed pursuit of for 700 miles!
He is wanted for a Mann Act,
kidnappin', and the attempted murder of over 20 brother officers.
Sir, I'm sorry.
I had no idea.
It never occurred to me.
Well, please, sir, you proceed immediately. And, well, sir, I...
I hope you'll accept my apologies for my profanity.
Apology accepted. Now... **** off (a truck horn was blaring when Sheriff Justice was saying that line)

-- Last edit: 2013-06-23 13:58:42

wheeler2170 MY

2013-08-11 05:11

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truckface wrote It looses the roof, a door, the muffler, another door and the right front wheel.


The moment when the car loses it's roof.

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dragstrip_2010 US

2013-08-26 22:25

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this 1977 pontiac lemans was demolish and everything was gone like whole of body of the vehicle

blue_thunder AT

2014-02-09 18:07

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The "Texas bubblegum machine"

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Brian2170 MY

2014-06-01 10:40

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blue_thunder wrote The "Texas bubblegum machine"


I assume it gained it's nickname due to the cruiser's Federal Signal Twin Beacon Ray lightbar...



-- Last edit: 2014-06-01 15:55:07 (Ford_Guy)

Ford_Guy US

2014-06-01 15:55

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Next time, please don't quote all of the pictures.

Brian2170 MY

2014-06-02 01:44

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What happened, daddy?
Get back in the goddamn car.

Lol, Buford's cruiser on top of a civvie LeMans...

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