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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Burt Reynolds!

07.27.2015

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This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity* and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

Burt Reynolds

The Case

The Prosecution: Deal, Cloud 9, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Broken Bridges, Grilled, Forget About It, End Game, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Longest Yard (2005), Without a Paddle, Time of the Wolf, The Hollywood Sign, Tempted, Driven, The Crew, Striptease, Cop and a Half, Rent-a-Cop, City Heat, Stroker Ace, Cannonball Run II, Smokey and the Bandit II, Gator

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, while Burt Reynolds is most definitely a badass, the prosecution has decided to bring charges up against the actor, primarily because of his post-Boogie Nights run of movies. Mr. Reynolds could have used all the acclaim he got for his performance to land roles in higher quality movies, but instead has starred in multiple critically panned films, including several limited release and direct-to-DVD movies. How did he go from winning a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe to doing movies like In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,The Dukes of Hazzard, and Without a Paddle?

Mr. Reynold's reputation of being a pain in the ass to work with (there was plenty of BTS drama while making the Paul Thomas Anderson film) certainly hasn't helped his career, and his financial difficulties partially explain why he's been taking parts in projects that are below his talents. However, the prosecution still feels he should have been able to land roles in better movies following his well-received turn in the film. The actor has a ton of just awful films on his filmography (the prosecution is looking at you, Broken Bridges), and he has also appeared in sequels (Gator, Smokey and the Bandit II, Cannonball Run II) that didn't come anywhere close to being as good as the originals.

Although the prosecution doesn't think Mr. Reynolds needs to serve the rest of his life behind bars (especially since he is up there in age), we do believe that he more than deserves some time in the big house for committing felony acts against cinema.

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Burt Reynolds

The Defense: The Hunter's Moon, Mystery, Alaska, Pups, Boogie Nights, Switching Channels, Breaking In, Stick, Best Friends, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sharky's Machine, The Cannonball Run, Starting Over, Hooper, Semi-Tough, Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard (1974), White Lightning, Deliverance

Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution is going to be forced to eat all the spider webs if Archer ever catches wind of their case against my client. Mr. Reynolds' movies as of late and his performances in them haven't exactly been great, but the defense highly doubts that the jury will want to throw "The Bandit" in prison. The actor is in the twilight of his career, and like many other older actors, has taken more than a few paycheck movies. Some of those performers have been put up for Movie Jail in the past, but were found not guilty, and we have a feeling that the same thing is going to happen with Mr. Reynolds.

Does it suck that Mr. Reynolds has been appearing in bottom-of-the-barrel films for quite some time now? Of course, but we can't ignore all the great work he has done, which is what he will be remembered for. My client is a very gifted actor, and the defense is certain that the jury is willing to forgive him for his decade-plus poor output. Mr. Reynolds has never been considered to be on the same level as an Al Pacino or Robert De Niro, however he's still a tremendous actor who, unfortunately, hasn't always starred in movies that best use his talents. And although he might have an ego problem and isn't known for being the easiest actor to work with, that shouldn't take away from all the positives he's done for the film world.

Tossing my client in the slammer would be the real crime here, but since most jury members will likely forgive him for his cinematic transgressions, the defense is positive that Mr. Reynolds won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell.

Boogie Nights Burt Reyolds William H. Macy

IN CLOSING...

Do you think Mr. Reynolds belongs in prison, or are you outraged he's being considered for Movie Jail? Do you agree with the defense's arguments, or should we send the actor to the big house? Is Burt Reynolds GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyway, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

Striptease Burt Reynolds Demi Moore

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Wild Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon was found NOT GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial, thanks to her recent strong performance in last year's Wild. Some jury members did want to lock Ms. Witherspoon up, but most said her good turns outweigh her bad ones, and her work in Wild showed that when given the right material, she can be a fantastic actress.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

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NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Edition), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen, Terrence Howard, Andrew Niccol, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Joel Silver, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dario Argento, Susan Sarandon, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Ivan Reitman, Stephen Sommers, Shawn Levy, Jai Courtney, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Luc Besson, Jason Reitman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Connelly, Sienna Miller, Ben Barnes, Simon West, Len Wiseman, Brendan Fraser, Megan Fox, Neal McDonough, Cameron Crowe, Katie Holmes, Elijah Wood, Tarsem Singh, Reese Witherspoon

UPDATES: Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage and Roland Emmerich, Jim Carrey, Robert Rodriguez and Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts and The Farrelly Brothers, Ben Stiller, Tim Burton and Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith & Chris Rock

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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3:01PM on 07/28/2015
The man hasn't been a box office draw since the early 80s. Let him die a free man.
The man hasn't been a box office draw since the early 80s. Let him die a free man.
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3:07AM on 07/28/2015

Guilty

Based purely on the case for the defence.

Stating that the jury won't want to send him to jail without giving valid reasons why other than just because is lazy and Mr Reynolds should fire his attorney on the grounds of incompetency.
Based purely on the case for the defence.

Stating that the jury won't want to send him to jail without giving valid reasons why other than just because is lazy and Mr Reynolds should fire his attorney on the grounds of incompetency.
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10:46AM on 07/28/2015
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10:18PM on 07/27/2015

Not Guilty!

Perhaps should have retired, but the Bandit gotta eat.
Perhaps should have retired, but the Bandit gotta eat.
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12:49AM on 07/28/2015
If he wasn't at one time the top box-office earner in Hollywood, I might accept that excuse.
If he wasn't at one time the top box-office earner in Hollywood, I might accept that excuse.
8:48PM on 07/27/2015

No way in hell is he guilty

He's the fucking Bandit. And he had to put up with Dom DeLuise in more than one movie; that's a get out of jail free card in my books.
He's the fucking Bandit. And he had to put up with Dom DeLuise in more than one movie; that's a get out of jail free card in my books.
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8:40PM on 07/27/2015

Guilty

The guy hasn't been in anything decent in years. Even his better films aren't really iconic enough to save him.
The guy hasn't been in anything decent in years. Even his better films aren't really iconic enough to save him.
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6:27PM on 07/27/2015

Up in Smokey

Not Guilty
Not Guilty
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4:46PM on 07/27/2015

WTF not guilty!

Is Burt Reynolds doing on a movie jail column? This column has definitely run it's course.
Is Burt Reynolds doing on a movie jail column? This column has definitely run it's course.
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12:59PM on 07/27/2015

Guilty

The guy's John Travolta without the Scientology and gay rumours. No other actor of his generation has whored his talents quite like Burt Reynolds, whether it's appearing in garbage like CANNONBALL RUN (Gene Siskel once said, "I consider it worse than 2 because it inspired the sequel!"), or STRIPTEASE. For every great film he's done, there are at least two or three crap movies he's appeared in. And, like Sharon Stone, his notoriously diva attitude hasn't helped his career.
The guy's John Travolta without the Scientology and gay rumours. No other actor of his generation has whored his talents quite like Burt Reynolds, whether it's appearing in garbage like CANNONBALL RUN (Gene Siskel once said, "I consider it worse than 2 because it inspired the sequel!"), or STRIPTEASE. For every great film he's done, there are at least two or three crap movies he's appeared in. And, like Sharon Stone, his notoriously diva attitude hasn't helped his career.
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12:21PM on 07/27/2015
Not guilty. He was bank back in the day.
Not guilty. He was bank back in the day.
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10:55AM on 07/27/2015

Guilty

At the peak of his stardom, he took starring roles in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Cannonball Run 2.
At the peak of his stardom, he took starring roles in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Cannonball Run 2.
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10:48AM on 07/27/2015

Pass.

I've only seen: Both versions THE LONGEST YARD, BEAN and WITHOUT A PADDLE (I disliked them, but not his performances in them); THE DUKES OF HAZZARD and IN THE NAME OF THE KING (I disliked them as well as his performances in them); BOOGIE NIGHTS (I liked it and his performance); EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX, SILENT MOVIE, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN and PUPS (I don't remember how I felt, so I'll re-watch them).

Next week: Candice Bergen, Jessica Biel, Alan Cumming, Elisha
I've only seen: Both versions THE LONGEST YARD, BEAN and WITHOUT A PADDLE (I disliked them, but not his performances in them); THE DUKES OF HAZZARD and IN THE NAME OF THE KING (I disliked them as well as his performances in them); BOOGIE NIGHTS (I liked it and his performance); EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX, SILENT MOVIE, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN and PUPS (I don't remember how I felt, so I'll re-watch them).

Next week: Candice Bergen, Jessica Biel, Alan Cumming, Elisha Cuthbert, Danny DeVito, Matt Dillon, Kelsey Grammer, Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Angelina Jolie, Jamie Kennedy, Ben Kingsley, Eugene Levy, James Marsden, Amanda Peet, Sean Penn, Kelly Preston, Meg Ryan, Barry Sonnenfeld, Barbra Streisand, Nick Swardson or Patrick Warburton.
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4:47PM on 07/27/2015
Says the guy who gave Top Gun a 0.
Says the guy who gave Top Gun a 0.
5:55PM on 07/27/2015
Burt Reynolds wasn't in TOP GUN.
Burt Reynolds wasn't in TOP GUN.
9:54AM on 07/27/2015

Guilty

Mainly due to the fact he's lazy. Although honestly I have always felt he was a little overrated, I don't absolutely hate him and I have enjoyed several of his movies. For every thing good he has done he's had at least 3 or 4 bad movies. His performances in Boogie Nights and Deliverance are brilliant. The Longest Yard is definitely one of the great sports movies of all time. I just think for as long as his career as been now it should be a lot more distinguished than what it actually is.
Mainly due to the fact he's lazy. Although honestly I have always felt he was a little overrated, I don't absolutely hate him and I have enjoyed several of his movies. For every thing good he has done he's had at least 3 or 4 bad movies. His performances in Boogie Nights and Deliverance are brilliant. The Longest Yard is definitely one of the great sports movies of all time. I just think for as long as his career as been now it should be a lot more distinguished than what it actually is.
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9:37AM on 07/27/2015

Guilty.

Burt Reynolds is a good actor. Burt Reynolds has made more bad movies than most good actors. Boogie Nights might be the last time since the early '80s that he showed any sort of promise with his movie choices. But I've long viewed his as one of the more wasted careers. When the man was on point, he could be great. But most of his great work was forty years ago.
Burt Reynolds is a good actor. Burt Reynolds has made more bad movies than most good actors. Boogie Nights might be the last time since the early '80s that he showed any sort of promise with his movie choices. But I've long viewed his as one of the more wasted careers. When the man was on point, he could be great. But most of his great work was forty years ago.
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8:58AM on 07/27/2015

Reluctantly guilty.

Past his prime, he's still had a few great performances (like Boogie Nights). Part of me wants to say GUILTY because I just don't see Burt Reynolds as that good of an actor. His appearance in films hasn't really made the films great, at least not since the 1970s. Half the time he is just playing himself. Another part of me says Not Guilty because despite his shortcomings he is never the reason a movie is bad. I am going to come down as GUILTY but only for a short punitive stay in the pen.
Past his prime, he's still had a few great performances (like Boogie Nights). Part of me wants to say GUILTY because I just don't see Burt Reynolds as that good of an actor. His appearance in films hasn't really made the films great, at least not since the 1970s. Half the time he is just playing himself. Another part of me says Not Guilty because despite his shortcomings he is never the reason a movie is bad. I am going to come down as GUILTY but only for a short punitive stay in the pen. They should make a movie where Reynolds ESCAPES from a prison. That would restore his credibility.
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8:29AM on 07/27/2015

Not Guilty

A real mixed bag here, but he's a solid actor that's left a strong impression in Hollywood.
A real mixed bag here, but he's a solid actor that's left a strong impression in Hollywood.
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8:28AM on 07/27/2015
Not guilty. I understand that his movies, as of late, maybe just for paychecks but his movies in the 70s and 80s are awesome. So not guilty for me.
Not guilty. I understand that his movies, as of late, maybe just for paychecks but his movies in the 70s and 80s are awesome. So not guilty for me.
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8:15AM on 07/27/2015
Not guilty. The Bandit has a long string of being a strong comedic actor, and can show his range (i.e. Boogie Nights or Deliverence).
Not guilty. The Bandit has a long string of being a strong comedic actor, and can show his range (i.e. Boogie Nights or Deliverence).
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