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Deliverance (film)

Deliverance (1972) is British director John Boorman's gripping, action-adventure film about four suburban Atlanta businessmen who encounter disaster in a summer weekend's river-canoeing trip. It was one of the first films with the theme of city-dwellers against the powerful forces of nature. The exciting box-office hit, most remembered for its inspired banjo duel and brutal violent action, was based on James Dickey's adaptation of his own 1970 best-selling novel (his first) of the same name. Dickey contributed the screenplay and acted in a minor part as the town sheriff.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3554 .I32
  •  PN1995

Circulating Books

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). James Dickey. 1987.

                      Call Number: PS3554.I32 Z74 1987

  •  Calhoun, Richard James. James Dickey. 1983.

                      Call Number: PS3554.I32 Z59 1983

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms-(Keywords Anywhere)

  • Dickey, James
  • Deliverance
  • Motion Pictures
  • Boorman, John

Reference Materials

  • Curran, D. Guide to American Cinema: 1965-1995 Call Number: REF PN1993.5.U6

C87 1998

o   pg. 85-86

  • Hanson, P.K. Magill’s Survey of Cinema: Eng. Language Films, First Series (A-EAS)

Call Number: REF PN1995.M3 V.1

o   Pg. 432-435

  • International Dictionary of Films & FilmmakersCall Number: REF PN1997.8.I58 

o   Vol. 1, pg. 232-233

o   Vol. 2, pg. 82-84

  • Katz, E. The Film EncyclopediaCall Number: REF PN1993.45.K34 2005

o   5th Ed. Pg. 157

  • Nash, J. & Ross, J. The Motion Picture Guide: C-D 1927-1983Call Number: REF

PN1995.N346 1985V.2 (C-D)

o   Vol.2, Pg. 616

  • The New York Times Film Reviews. 1971-1972. Call Number: REF PN1995.N4


o   Pg. 291

o   Pg. 299-300

  • Tibbets, J. C. & Welsh, J.M. (Eds.).  The Encyclopedia of Novels into Films Call

Number: REF PN1997.85.T54 2005

o   Pg. 94-95

  • Thompson, D. A Biographical Dictionary of Film 1996. Call Number:

REF PN1998.A2 T55 1994

o   Pg. 75-77

Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  •  Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
  • New York Times Historical
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega

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