We Lost Another Hollywood Legend

Last Update: September 06, 2018

Burt Reynolds has passed away at the age of 82. I loved him in Smokey and the Bandit and in The Longest Yard.

Rest in peace, and thanks for the laughs.


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PMindra Premium
WOW. 82.
I guess that's long enough. No pun intended. My dad was 83 at passing.

Hi, Leo.
Paul here from Ontario, Canada,
Burt Reynold's was quite possibly the best in any area that he chose to go into to show off his talents. He could do it all.

My favourite of his roles was "The Longest Yard.," and his role in "Deliverence" is beyond unforgettable.

In The Longest Yard,

A football player-turned-convict organizes a team of inmates to play against a team of prison guards. His dilemma is that the warden asks him to throw the game in return for an early release,

From my understanding, this movie came about from the following:

Two Halves in Hell, also known as The Last Goal, is a 1962 Hungarian war drama film directed and co-written by Zoltán Fábri.

The film is based on a 1942 football match (soccer) between German soldiers and their Ukrainian prisoners of war during World War II, known as the Death Match, though in the film, the prisoners of war are Hungarian.

It is the spring of 1944.

Nazi officers want to organize a football match for Hitler's birthday, in which Germans would play against the Hungarian labour servicemen of war.

They call for the famous Hungarian footballer, Ónódi, ("Paul Wrecking Crewe" in the movie as contrast) and order him to organize a team.

Ónódi accepts, but in turn demands extra food, a ball with which he and his team can train before the match, and asks that they be allowed to concentrate on training before the match and not work.

The Germans accept all the demands, but recommend Ónódi not include any Jews in his team. However, Ónódi can't organize the team only from his company, because only 8 out of 98 Hungarian labour servicemen can play football (soccer).

Therefore, Ónódi recruits players from the other company. One of the players is Steiner, who is a Jew and can't play football. He lied to Ónódi because he was afraid to die.

During training the footballers subdue the Hungarian corporal guarding them and try to escape. They are soon recaptured and told they will now probably face the death penalty.

However, the Hungarian officer orders the Hungarian team to still play the match. At the beginning of the match Ónódi and his team are discouraged, as the Germans easily score three goals. The Hungarians succeed in scoring one goal and the first half ends 3-1 in favour of Germany.

At the interval the Hungarian commander tells the Hungarian players that they might not be executed if they lose the match. The Hungarians refuse to believe this. At the beginning of the second half they score three goals. As a result, during the match, they are executed by the Germans.

Not quite the outcome in the film "The Longest Yard."

Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood.

May you rest in peace, Burt. You were one of the best.

Thanks Leo for bringing this to our forum.

Kindest regards from Canada,

nsilva2270 Premium
aaawww. RIP Burt.
thats how the world works the old die off and the new take its place, RIP Burt Reynolds!
keishalina9 Premium
...blessed be in peace & comfort ... :)
JosonInc Premium
Great actor and performer. Great movies. He will be remembered.

jsmart520 Premium
That's sad. He had been looking rough though over the past few years.
Elijah1916 Premium
He ends it well, and that's what is important.
DarleneB Premium
Loved the movies Burt was in. Smokey & the Bandits & The Longest Yard were my favorites.
jetrbby80316 Premium
RIP Burt, made some hilarious movies!
BeCalm Premium
We lost another legend. Burt has great innings though.
CandP Premium
We were upset to hear about it a short time ago. Loved Burt.
Our favorite role of his was in "Boogie Nights". He was also great in "Deliverance".
RIP Burt.
Thanks for posting, Leo.
Colette and Philip