Deliverance

Deliverance

1970

Synopsis:

Dickey's most famous work was Deliverance. He used to say that it took him five minutes to think of, but five years to write. The book is about four men from the suburbs of Atlanta who decide to take a three-day canoe trip down some rapids that are soon going to be flooded by a new dam. The men become split up on the second day and two mountain men attack Bobby and Ed. They sodomize Bobby and are about to rape Ed when Drew and Lewis, in the other boat, stop and kill one of the mountain men, but the other escapes. They are unsure what to do with the body and ultimately decide to bury it so that it will be trapped forever under the new lake. The fear the other mountain man will hunt them down on the cliffs of the river as they ride downstream. Drew falls out one of the canoes and the others overturn their canoe and float down to the base of the gorge. Lewis leg is broken and he thinks Drew was shot out of the canoe. Ed scales the cliffs to kill the other mountain man with a bow. He succeeds and lower the body into the gorge. Ed and Bobby load Lewis, now in a coma, into the last canoe and go downstream. They find Drew's body and sink it in the waters with rocks. The three men produce a story to tell the police. Bobby and Ed get their stories twisted and the rush to the hospital to tell Lewis of the new story. The deputy sheriff believes that the men met up with his relative who is now missing. The sheriff suspects something as well, but lets Ed and Bobby return to the city.

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