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Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew is a collection of stories of the making of the iconic movie, Deliverance, told from the perspective of one of the four main actors in the film, Ronny Cox, who played the character of Drew. Based on the novel by James Dickey, the movie was filmed in the summer of 1971 and was released the following year in 1972. Forty years later, it remains one of the most recognized films in movie history for being raw, emotional, violent and shocking - yet it leaves a lasting impression of artistic excellence. Ronny has since gone on to appear in over 145 movie and television productions and has had a very successful career as a folk musician, playing in venues all over the country. He also happens to be one of the world's great storytellers. 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.

Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew includes great anecdotes about his fellow actors: Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, and Ned Beatty. Ronny Cox tells the real stories behind the filming of one of the most iconic movies of all time.

©2012 Ronny Cox (P)2014 Ronny Cox

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This is a short book by one of the stars of the movie Deliverance (1972) about his time on the set. It's actually quite good lots of stories and background about scenes and people, including about the recently deceased Burt Reynolds. I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Cox which greatly compliments the text - he is a professional actor, of course, but he takes it to a level of narration where it sounds spontaneously delivered with pauses, umms and hmms - as if he sitting around telling stories to the listener. It's a unique audio "deliverance" (sorry) that fits the simple and naturalistic style of the film itself, elevating it to something more than a memoir to a work of art.