Deliverance is a 1972 thriller film that was produced and directed by John Boorman. Starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox (with the latter two making their feature film debuts), the movie is based on the 1970 novel of the same name by author, James Dickey. Dickey even has a small role in the film as the Sheriff. The movie was a critical success, earning three Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations.
Widely acclaimed as a landmark picture, Deliverance is revered for the music scene near the beginning and for its visceral and infamous male rape scene. The movie was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 2008.