1978, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Hal Needham

Director Hal Needham got his start as a stuntman, and he pays tribute to the profession with this action-packed hit. Top stuntman Burt Reynolds is on the verge of retirement when he finds himself challenged by newcomer Jan-Michael Vincent to attempt the riskiest, biggest stunt of his career - against the better judgment of girlfriend Sally Field. From its opening to its "blooper reel" credits (which were among the first used in film), HOOPER takes viewers on a wildly entertaining ride.

1978, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Burt Reynolds

This pitch-black comedy stars Burt Reynolds as a man who uses his recently diagnosed terminal illness as a means to manipulate those closest to him. As the mental patient who, in his own murderous way, tries to help, Dom DeLuise was never funnier; the outstanding cast also features Sally Field, Carl Reiner, Joanne Woodward and Myrna Loy.

1977, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Hal Needham

“Smokey” was ’70s trucker slang for the Highway Patrol, a frequent adversary of knights of the road - especially when said knights try to haul Coors beer illegally from Texas to Georgia. But Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is no match for “The Bandit” (Burt Reynolds), whose speed and skill behind the wheel is the stuff of local legend. Longtime stunt coordinator Hal Needham was ideally suited to direct this hit action comedy, which costars Sally Field as a runaway bride and country singer Jerry Reed as Reynolds’ partner in crime.

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