Building a Dam

Because they’re building a dam across the Cahulawassee River. They’re gonna flood a whole valley, Bobby, that’s why. Dammit, they’re drownin’ the river … Just about the last wild, untamed, unpolluted, unfucked up river in the South. Don’t you understand what I’m saying? … They’re gonna stop the river up. There ain’t gonna be no more river. There’s just gonna be a big, dead lake … You just push a little more power into Atlanta, a little more air-conditioners for your smug little suburb, and you know what’s gonna happen? We’re gonna rape this whole god-damned landscape. We’re gonna rape it.

—Lewis (Burt Reynolds), Deliverance (1972)

(Via Sunset Gun’s 40th anniversary Deliverance retrospective.)


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