Books: Rites of Passage

DELIVERANCE

Directed by JOHN BOORMAN Screenplay by JAMES DICKEY

For three of the four men, the trip into the wilderness is something of a lark. For Lewis (Burt Reynolds) it is a ritual and a trial. He tells his best friend Ed, played by Jon Voight: "Machines are gonna fail. The system's gonna fail. And then—survival."

As the men leave their safe city homes for a weekend of canoeing down a wild Georgia river, Lewis says: "They're raping the whole goddamned landscape." It seems that the unspoiled countryside gliding past their car windows will soon...