Deliverance is a 1972 American thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their feature film debuts. The screenplay was adapted by James Dickey from his 1970 novel of the same name. The film was a critical and box office success, earning three Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe Award nominations.


Four Atlanta businessmen--Lewis Medlock, Ed Gentry, Bobby Trippe and Drew Ballinger--decide to canoe down a river in the remote northern Georgia wilderness before it is dammed. Lewis, an experienced outdoorsman, is the leader; his close friend Ed has been on several trips but lacks Lewis' machismo, while Bobby and Drew are novices. En route to their launch site, the men (Bobby in particular) are condescending towards the locals, who are unimpressed by the "city boys". At a local gas station Drew, with his guitar, engages a young banjo-playing boy in a musical duel ("Dueling Banjos"). Although Drew enjoys it, the boy does not acknowledge him when prompted for a congratulatory handshake.