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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Decent Hill (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936085593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936085590
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With a career that spans over a hundred and twenty-five films and television shows, Ronny Cox is often ironically identified with the villains he has played in movies like TOTAL RECALL, ROBOCOP and the ruthless politician in the hit science fiction TV series STARGATE. Ronny's first film … his first time acting in front of a camera was as the guitarist in the famous "dueling banjos" scene in the Warner Bros. hit movie DELIVERANCE. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew

This wonderful collection of stories from RONNY COX with his editor Barbara Bowers reads like a sit down conversation with an old friend. If you've been privileged to attend a concert by Cox, you know that he spins a fine tale, in a way that takes you along with him.

In sharing, after 40 years, his vivid memories of the experiences he shared with Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty he welcomes his readers along the river ride. His anecdotes, transcribed from audio tapes by his collaborator Barbara Bowers, are funny, touching and sometimes wistful. Always engaging, "Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew" answers many of the more interesting myths and legends around this oft-quoted film.

Jon Boorman's vision as a Director, author James Dickey, with his famously irascible ways, even the young local best known as the Banjo Boy, Billy Redden, are all here.

It is now 40 years since "Deliverance" took the movie world by storm and moved into the realm of legend.

I highly recommend this book and suggest that another look at the film, after reading it, will bring a greater understanding and enjoyment than you might have expected.

Knowing a secret or two is worth a visit , and this book is full of them, all told in a voice you can almost hear in your head, that of Ronny Cox,"DREW" in " Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Heflin on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ronny Cox is a natural born story teller. This book talks about the making of the movie Deliverance. The author gives a behind the scenes look at one of the best movies of the twentieth century. I lived in the county where the movie was filmed for five years (1998 - 2003). The opening scene of the dueling banjos was filmed on the porch of a small cabin built by the Hollywood set decoration. The house still sits on a gravel road in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. My Atlanta friends loved seeing the house.

The Chattooga River is a supreme test for the best kayakers in the country and Ronny, Ned Beatty, John Voight and Burt Reynolds paddled the river in canoes without the advantage of stunt men. Even the best kayakers have trouble with the river and these fine actors paddled the river in a canoe.

Anybody who read Jim Dickey's masterpiece of a book, along with the people who saw the wonderful work of director, John Boorman, will like this book.

I read it four days ago and I've started reading it again. A great story by a superb raconteur..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Garland Sumner on January 7, 2012
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Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew...got it via UPS yesterday...finished it last night :)....fun, fun, fun reading. At times it's almost as if Ronny is sitting beside you "telling" you the story...extremely engrossing!
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By connie turner on January 10, 2014
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VERY MUCH enjoyed this short book. We had just seen the author at a recent performance, and feel he is truly a "genuine" man-not at-all Hollywood-ish!
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I found the book fairly interesting. But I thought it was strange that Mr. Cox would take his young children to see a film with anal rape in a set piece. Weird parenting, lol.
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