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Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew Hardcover – January 2, 2012

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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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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Ronny Cox is one great story teller. On the stage or on the page, Ronny can take you to places you'll never see otherwise. I read the book on my Kindle, than had to buy the hard copy. These stories of the making of Deliverance are a treasure.

For those of you that nly know the actor, Ronny is also a great folk musician. Don't miss the chance to see him when he''s in your area.

p.s. The cover picture is from his log cabin here in LA. Took out the tennis court to build it!
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I loved the movie "Deliverance" and was surprised to find this book. I've always wondered about the behind-the-scenes
stories, and this book covers most things I was curious about. I would have given it 5 stars except that he never mentioned
Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy) who had one line at the end of the movie. Ronnie, how could you have left that out?
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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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I'm a DELIVERANCE nut, so I was primarily interested in reading Ronny's recounting of that film's production, and that's what I got. Nonetheless, I wish it would've had the odd anecdotal detour to his other films here and there -- at least enough to discuss Ronny's own remake of DELIVERANCE, an '80s film entitled RAW COURAGE.
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