Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Smokey and the Bandit (40th Anniversary)” (Giveaway runs April 21 – May 6)

Win Tickets to see “Smokey and the Bandit” on the Big Screen! In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sunday, May 21 & Wednesday, May 24!

“For the money, for the glory, and for the fun… mostly for the money.”

Yay! The Contest is over and the winners are:
Michael H, Laura A, Owen S, Phaedra, Diana S, Marybeth C, Greg G and Daniel G. 

CMH is thrilled to announce the 6th of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this year, courtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Smokey and the Bandit” – the timeless classic starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jerry Reed— the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, May 6 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, May 7, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

Smokey and the Bandit TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

About the film:  

The Bandit (Burt Reynolds) has 28 hours to drive a truckload of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia while avoiding the relentless “Smokey,” Sherrif Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason).

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, May 6 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post


“Smokey and the Bandit” may not be a classic-era Classic Movie, but what is it in your opinion that makes it classic? And, if you haven’t seen it yet, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:

Just entered to win tickets to see “Smokey and the Bandit” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

Please give us 48 hours to approve your comment, as we get lots of spam and must go through each entry to validate them. Thanks!

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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27 Responses to Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Smokey and the Bandit (40th Anniversary)” (Giveaway runs April 21 – May 6)

  1. Ashley Hinz says:

    Car chases always sell tickets. I suspect that The Dukes of Hazzard was in some way inspired by the film. My cousin, 3 years my senior, really liked the first 2 movies as a kid. My father and another slightly older cousin did as well. I own the first one, and I believe my cousin owns a set.

  2. Brian Stumpfol says:

    What makes this a classic ? To start it has one of the funniest actor/comedians that ever lived in it playing Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Portague County. The Late Great Jackie Gleason. He by far is a Legend. I love The Honeymooners

    He portrayed Sheriff Justice like no other actor could have No actor today compares to Jackie Gleason and how he chased The Bandit thru all the states

    Burt Reynolds another Legendary Actor himself. I have seen almost all the movies he ever did and the sitcom Evening Shade that was on TV with Marilu Henner .

    The movie has also Paul Williams and Pat McCormick plus country legend Jerry Reed who also sings on the soundtrack

    And lets not forget about a great actress herself Sally Field who played Gidget from 1965-66 and lets not forget one of her famous sitcoms The Flying Nun who she portrayed Sister Bertrille

    The movie had some the greatest one liners ever and famous car chases in movies and the Pontiac Trans-Am was another Star itself in the movie

    This movie is right up there with The Blues Brothers and other little known fact is the Joe Kleco who Played for the NFL’s New York Jets from 1977-1987 had a bit part in the movie

    I have this movie on dvd and have seen it so many times It is one of those films that you can watch over and over and over again and never get tired of it That in part makes this movie an all time classic

  3. Vickie Gleason says:

    What makes this movie classic to me is it’s one of the first movies I was in with my future husband a row ahead of me and my parents several rows behind. I think it will be classic in the manner of CB Radio and bootleg Coors Beer forever. It definitely depicted a different era than we live in today.

  4. M.T. Fisher says:

    What makes this film classic is the overall sheer enjoyment of it. From the get-to, it’s total fun. This is a popcorn movie, and you’re never supposed to take it seriously, just sit back in your chair, cheer for the Bandit, that ‘sumbitch’, (Pardon me.) and root against that champion of the law, Sheriff Buford T. Justice. That makes this an anti-hero movie, I guess, and it sure is the most fun one out there.

  5. Donna Smith says:

    Takes me back to my high school days! 40 years ago it’s definitely got to be a CLASSIC Collection that I truly enjoy watching time after time.

  6. Miguel A says:

    Because, in my opinion, Jackie Gleason is classic! I also love Burt, Sally, and the rest of the cast. But Jackie Gleason lit up the screen, there’s no doubt about that. And it would be a treasure and fun to see this on the big screen like my mom did. Thanks! 🙂


  7. Michael "Dean" Hill says:

    Smokey & the Bandit is a classic movie in my opinion because of the cars , the Trans-Am. I saw this movie at a Drive-In with my parents as a kid, is what makes it my favorite movie of all time.

  8. Laura A. says:

    Can’t really explain how this is a classic but it s and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen!

  9. Ana Roland says:

    I was so disappointed last TCMFF when Burt Reynolds canceled his appearance. I do have a soft spot in my heart for Burt…First saw him on the TV screen as Dan August. Loved him in Starting Over. His charm is that he let’s you know that he is in on the joke.
    Smokey and the Bandit is a classic because the film features a great odd-ball group of stars from “The Great One” Jackie Gleason, Sally Field, Pat McCormick, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams and more. It is a light action comedy where the vehicle driven in the film, Pontiac Trans Am defined the film and culture at the time. Smokey and the Bandit was the second-highest-grossing film of 1977, second only to Star Wars and led to two sequels. The film was a smash hit where the soundtrack also became popular.

  10. Owen Seaton says:

    smoky captures the fun of the 70s perfectly. It’s a classic in every way.

  11. There is no reason needed. Smokey & the Bandit is a classic because it’s a classic. It has quotable lines, a lovable lawman, Fred, and the most iconic movie car ever made (you heard me Bullit). The Bandit will always be #1.

    And Frog is cool too.

  12. Dan Deatherage says:

    I love Smokey and the Bandit because its about a bunch of adults acting like kids. They are having fun and they don’t care about the consequences.

  13. Some of the best car chases in film!

  14. Ed Bouligny says:

    Smokey and the Bandit is such an essential part of both my childhood and later college years. A movie that my friends and I quote constantly. None of us saw it on the big screen but we are all looking forward to the opportunity to do so.

    A classic movie is one that stays with us long after it’s initial release.

  15. George Gomez says:

    Jackie Gleesen car chases and some of the best quotable lines.

  16. Diane Sparkles says:

    It’s a classic because it captures a unique time in American history; the acting is outstanding; it perfectly blends comedy, romance and car chases; the music is great and the theme song was written for the movie; it stands up to time; and the amazing thing is how it came together so beautifully with only an outline for a script (I highly recommend watching the documentary The Bandit). I saw Smokey and the Bandit it when it came out in the theaters…I was 11. I fell in love with Bandit and I wanted to be Carrie and I wanted to be best friends with Snowman. It started my love for fast cars and trucks and cemented my love of country music. In the 80s, when we could finally get Coors beer in Maryland it was a huge deal and the hit of every party. Thank you for bringing it back to the theaters and for this opportunity to win tickets! I can’t wait to see it on the big screen again!! And this time I’ll be old enough to go out for a Coors beer after the movie.

  17. Mark PAGAN says:

    Don’t know that I want to confer Classic-with-a-capital-C status on this bit of fun, but it is a great ‘popcorn’ movie, and (as I find myself citing more & more) as Violet Bicks notes, “What’s wrong with that?”

  18. Marybeth crowley says:

    The Smokey movies represents time of fun and silliness in movies… escape I would love to see it on the big screen again

  19. Greg Garcia says:

    The fact that you’re asking people to explain why this movie is a classic concerns me. This is one of the finest movies of all time staring the greatest actor of all time Mr. Burt Reynolds. And no explanation Is necessary. I could go on and on and on about how wonderful this film is but quite frankly I don’t want your free tickets. I much rather pay my own way in the hopes that at least a nickel or two finds its way into the front pocket of Burt’s faded dungarees. Thank you for making this movie available on the big screen and good luck to everybody entering to win free tickets. I hope somehow you all win.

  20. Daniel G. says:

    Classic movie? Maybe not in the “classic” sense. What is a classic movie but a memorable movie that’s aged well? And this has the always hilarious Jackie Gleason, the beautiful Sally Field, as well as an in-his-prime Burt Reynolds. I’ve seen this a few times, but can not remember ever seeing it on the big screen. I’d rather see this than another Fast & Furious sequel.

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      To tell you the truth, I haven’t seen it yet, but am looking forward to it 🙂 Thanks for entering and Good Luck!

  21. Yehoshua Solomon says:

    Never seen it but I’ve heard of Burt Reynolds and would love to see him in this classic comedy role!

  22. Liza yee says:

    What makes Smokey and the Bandit a classic is because it is iconic to Burt and was popular in its day. As a classic film, it deserves to be on the big screen. I would love to see it on the big screen to full appreciate the quality.

  23. Rae Halliwell says:

    This movie is a classic for having some of the best car chases. Burt Reynolds in the classic Transam t top. Everyone wanted that car after that movie.

  24. Fernando Fernandez Jr. says:

    One man: Jackie Gleason! Comedy classic!

  25. Shelia says:

    I remember how much fun it was watching Smokey and the Bandit. The irreverent Burt Reynolds vexing Sheriff Jackie Gleason and we all rooting for the ‘bad guys’. Sally Fields and Burt had such a playful chemistry with a terrific soundtrack. Country and Western music was just coming main stream and we all had our CB radios. It probably gave rise to The Dukes of Hazzard TV series. In fact John Schneider was an uncredited cowboy extra. Just a light-hearted thumbing your nose at the serious side of having to live by the rules. It was the beginning of the ‘criminal celebrity’. What a treat it would be to relive the memory of those carefree, younger days. Brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

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