Factual error: In the beginning of the film the setting is very late summer or early fall as evidenced by the reference to getting back home in time to watch the football game on Sunday. Yet the deer that Ed shoots at is in the early stages of antler growth that appears to be more typical of late spring or early summer. The deer also appears to be some exotic species, not one of the whitetails that are native to Georgia.
Trivia: Actor Billy Redden (who portrayed the inbred hillbilly banjo player) actually could not play the banjo at all. Despite training for the film, Redden's hand movements simply weren't convincing, so a local musician was hired to hide behind Redden and portray the left-handed fingerplay in complex banjo-picking shots. We only see the briefest snippets of Redden handling the banjo with his own two hands; however, when the iconic "Dueling Banjos" scene reaches a fever pitch, the left hand seen working the banjo frets is that of the real musician hiding behind Redden.Charles Austin Miller
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