Today in Movie History: July 21

Just one film today, but it’s a notable one: John Boorman’s Deliverance constituted a shocking deconstruction of masculine norms as four friends go rafting in the back of beyond and… yeah. With the hillbillies and the anal rape and the squealing like a pig. Shocking, raw and undeniably powerful, it helped make Burt Reynolds a major star as well as snagging a trio of Oscar nominations. It opened 45 years ago today in 1972.


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