Movie: Deliverance (1972)
Director: John Boorman
Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty
Unwanted sodomy is an uncomfortable subject no matter its context—any movie scene in which someone gets sexually violated is cause for repulsion. What separates Deliverance's infamous rape scene from the pack of similarly intrusive moments is how far director John Boorman and his team went with it.
Ned Beatty gives a fearless performance as one of four Atlanta businessmen on a canoe trip in the Georgia wilderness that goes savagely haywire. For Beatty's character, the excursion's toughest episode finds him face down on the ground, in the woods, naked, and with a nasty redneck smacking his derriere, invading his backdoor, and commanding him to "squeal like a pig!" He does. —MB