Deliverance

Deliverance (1972)

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Drew (Ronny Cox) is the only one to not come out of the canoe trip alive. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) claims that Drew was shot out of the canoe, but Ed (Jon Voight) finds his body further on down the river, and with no deep wounds what so ever, it is clear that he commited suicide by jumping out and drowning. Lewis falls out of the canoe and severely damages his leg. Ed has an arrow impaled through his rib while firing another arrow at a hillbilly. Apart from being raped, Bobby (Ned Beatty) comes out unharmed. At the end, Lewis stays in hospital and Bobby and Ed both return to their families. Ed suffers from a nightmare of what appears to be Drew's hand ascending from underneath the water.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Lewis and Ed are in the canoe after setting up camp and Lewis is bowfishing while Ed is drinking beer, Lewis shoots a trout. You can clearly see the arrow hit the fish just behind its head in a close-up shot. When Lewis pulls the fish in, the arrow is through the middle of the fish's body.

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Bobby: Which way we goin', this way or that way?
Lewis: I think downstream would be a good idea.

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Question: What exactly happens to Ronny Cox? Does he get shot by the sniper, does he fall out of the canoe and drown, or does he commit suicide?

Answer: No wound. Shook his head and dove from the canoe. Refused his life jacket. Just ridden with guilt as he was dead set against burying the hillbilly.

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