Deliverance





Deliverance was released into theaters on August 18th, 1972. Filming locations include Clayton and Mountain City, Ga. Sylva, NC and Lake Jocassee, SC. It was directed by John Boorman. Boorman also directed Exorcist II: The Heretic, five years later. James Dickey wrote the screenplay as well as the novel the film was adapted from. Dickey also played the part of Sheriff Bullard in the film. The four leads were played by Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox. It was Beatty and Cox's feature film debuts. Within the film are two scenes in particular that standout and are widely recognized for their interpretation of the deep souths potential, albeit very rare, for backwoods encounters. They are the "Dueling Banjos" and male rape scenes. Dueling Banjos can be heard at various times throughout the film. It was composed in 1954 by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith. It was arranged and recorded for the film by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell. When Smith wasn't acknowledged by the filmmakers as the composer, he sued and eventually won, receiving song writing credits as well as royalties. The song can also be heard in a 1963 episode of The Andy Griffith Show titled "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee" where it was played by The Dillards. The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 30th Golden Globe Awards. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1973, Best Film Editing, Best Director and Best Picture. The films first DVD release was on June 1st, 2004.


Bobby, Ed and Lewis emerge from the river/lake - Lake Jocassee, SC.

In 1971, the Duke Power Company constructed the Jocassee Dam and started flooding the Jocassee Valley in order to form Jocassee Lake. By 1973, the project was complete. Actual footage of the construction process is visible at the very beginning of the film. The lake covers a surface area of 7,500 acres and reaches a maximum depth of 326 feet. The Horsepasture, Thompson, Toxaway and Whitewater Rivers flow into the lake. The exact spot where they emerge, next to the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, was 34°57'59.50"N 82°56'32.30"W. That location now sits 130 feet below the lakes surface. The best spot to match the mountain backgrounds up from is at the Devils Fork 2 boat ramp, located at the end of Devils Fork Road.


2020


Drive through Aintry - Municipal Dr. Sylva, NC. 28779

They're driving west along Municipal Drive toward Allen Street.


2020


Colonial Lodge - Black Rock Mountain Pkwy. and Hwy. 441 N Mountain City, Ga. 30525

The lodge was demolished at some point during the 1980's. It stood at the northwest corner of Black Rock Mountain Parkway and Highway 441 N. It's also featured on a vintage postcard, which I've included a comparison photo of as well. The view of the lodge from the film is from the south. The view of the lodge from the postcard is from the east.


All "Now" pictures taken in 2021.



Hospital - 184 S. Main St. Clayton, Ga. 30525

At the time of my visit, it was the Rabun County Health Department.


All "Now" pictures taken in 2021.



11 comments:

  1. Does anyone know the filming dates for Deliverance?

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  2. The first then-and-now pic reminds me of what Lewis says in the movie: "You know what's gonna be here?...Right here???...A lake! As far as the eyes can see. Hundreds of feet deep. HUNDREDS of feet deep!".

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  3. The backwoods gas station where Bobby teases the old man with the hat and they have their famous encounter with the banjo boy was filmed at 3231 MULBERRY ROAD, OTTO NC 28763. The house currently at that location is built on the spot where the gas station was in the first scene of the movie. Just north up that same road on the left side is where the Griner Bros. garage was, and the log cabin with the old lady and the retarded girl that Drew sees through the window. I'm pretty sure the cabin is still standing but not sure if you can see it from the road or not.

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    1. you can ! its just north of the house (gas station-location), same side 100 yard s or so, house across the road are relative's of the old woman & little girl

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    2. The cabin with the old lady is at 3115 Mulberry Rd, Otto, NC. A couple of pictures appear on the Macon County Property Assessor's website. Same window frame and post light, but the front porch has been torn off.
      https://gis2.maconnc.org/lightmap/Property/propertydetails.aspx?pid=6478870216
      Click on images on the left.
      You can see it from the main road up the driveway (at the tight turn in the main road), especially in the winter when the trees and bushes have lost their leaves.
      There's also an old building with a tin roof still there (3177 Mulberry Road, as of 12/23) which is in the background when Drew (Ronny Cox) steps forward from leaning against the car and approaches the porch as he starts playing in the banjo scene.

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  4. I'd love to see the locations of the campsite and the rape scene

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  5. Follow the Banjo's

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