Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. The film was the directorial debut of stuntman Hal Needham. The film follows Bo 'Bandit' Darville and Cledus 'Snowman' Snow, two bootleggers, as they attempt to illegally transport 400 cases of Coors from Texarkana to Atlanta. During their run, they attract the attention of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Smokey), who pursues them on their journey. Smokey and the Bandit was followed by two sequels: Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983). Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest-grossing domestic film of 1977, second only to Star Wars, the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy.