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  • People Harassed Beatty For Years, Shouting The Line At Him  on Random Behind Scenes Of Infamous 'Squeal Like A Pig' Scene In ‘Deliverance’

    (#11) People Harassed Beatty For Years, Shouting The Line At Him 

    It's safe to say that the scene featuring Bobby's violation has become iconic. That became something of a curse for Ned Beatty, because he became indelibly linked to the phrase "squeal like a pig." In a piece he wrote for The New York Times, he said that people "shouted, said, or whispered" those four words to him for years.

    Although he expressed pride in being associated with a high-quality movie like Deliverance, Beatty acknowledged that hearing that famous line of dialogue was irritating. He admitted, "It hurts my pride when some jerk hollers 'squeal like a pig' at me. I get mad - real mad."

  • Herbert Coward Was The Only Person Not Fazed By The Scene on Random Behind Scenes Of Infamous 'Squeal Like A Pig' Scene In ‘Deliverance’

    (#13) Herbert Coward Was The Only Person Not Fazed By The Scene

    Herbert "Cowboy" Coward appears in the film as Toothless Man, the other hillbilly who plays a part in Bobby's violation, because Burt Reynolds recommended him for the role. They'd worked together many years before at a theme park, and Reynolds thought he'd be perfect. He also helped his stuttering friend rehearse the "squeal like a pig" scene. Whereas everyone else was nervous about filming it because of the provocative content, Coward was surprisingly nonchalant.

    According to Reynolds, "The director said, 'Do you realize what you have to do in this picture?' - explaining to him that he had to jump this guy’s bones. He looked at the director [and said] 'I’ve done a lot w-w-w-worse things than that.'"

  • Who Actually Wrote The Line

    (#1) Who Actually Wrote The Line "Squeal Like A Pig" Is A Bit Of A Mystery

    "Squeal like a pig" is a demented and disturbing expression in the context of the scene. Interestingly, it's unclear who came up with that famous line of dialogue. Some say Boorman's frequent writing partner Rospo Pallenberg thought it up. Still others insist that McKinney ad-libbed it.

    Boorman has his own account. In the DVD audio commentary, he claims that the studio insisted he film a profanity-free version of the scene so that the movie could play on television. Everyone was standing around trying to think of something Mountain Man could say when a crew member randomly chipped in with that suggestion. The director thought it was better than what was on the page, so he decided to keep it.

    What's the true origin of the phrase? We'll probably never know for sure. 

  • More Than Four Decades Later, The Movie's Depiction Of Hillbillies Still Rankles Georgians on Random Behind Scenes Of Infamous 'Squeal Like A Pig' Scene In ‘Deliverance’

    (#15) More Than Four Decades Later, The Movie's Depiction Of Hillbillies Still Rankles Georgians

    Deliverance was made in Rabun County, Georgia. You might think that having an all-time classic movie produced in the area would be a source of pride for residents. It's not. In fact, more than four decades later, there is still some displeasure over the way the film - and the "squeal like a pig" scene, in particular - portrays the people of Georgia.

    In 2012, Rabun County Commissioner Stanley "Butch" Darnell told CNN, "We were portrayed as ignorant, backward, scary, deviant, redneck hillbillies. That stuck with us through all these years and in fact that was probably furthest from the truth. These people up here are a very caring, lovely people."

  • Voight Claims It Was His Idea To Film The Scene In One Take on Random Behind Scenes Of Infamous 'Squeal Like A Pig' Scene In ‘Deliverance’

    (#8) Voight Claims It Was His Idea To Film The Scene In One Take

    A basic rule of filmmaking is that the fewer cuts a scene has, the more real it plays. A scene carried out in a single take has the ability to pull the audience in because the uninterrupted flow creates a sense of immediacy. Jon Voight knew that and, according to his own account, he convinced Boorman to film the build-up to the "squeal like a pig" scene in an unbroken take.

    "The scene where Ned and I are taken up into the woods by the hillbillies is maybe my favorite shot in cinema," the actor said in an interview. "It’s done all in one phenomenal take. I pushed John to it, I said: 'Do it in one. It’ll be more exciting, because they’ll see it happen right in front of them. No tricks.'"

  • The Actor Playing The Defiler Intimidated Ned Beatty Behind The Scenes on Random Behind Scenes Of Infamous 'Squeal Like A Pig' Scene In ‘Deliverance’

    (#2) The Actor Playing The Defiler Intimidated Ned Beatty Behind The Scenes

    Actor Bill McKinney plays Mountain Man, the guy who defiles Bobby. He apparently knew their big scene together would be more effective if Ned Beatty was legitimately afraid of him. According to Burt Reynolds, McKinney attempted to intimidate Beatty behind the scenes for that very reason. 

    "I just remember [McKinney] would sit three tables away from us during lunch, just staring at Ned," Reynolds explained. "Later I asked Bill why he was doing that. He said he was taught by Bruce Dern. And Bruce Dern said your main thrust, pardon the pun, should be to scare the hell out of Ned Beatty. And he did."

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Deliverance is a famous American thriller movie produced and directed by John Boorman, released in 1972. The screenplay was based on the 1970 novel of the same name which was written by James Dickey. The film was widely acclaimed and achieved great commercial success, it is memorable for a music scene near the beginning and for its infamous Squeal Like A Pig scene.

It's not easy to film such a great movie. The cast of this movie all made contributions. This page includes 15 behind the scenes of the infamous Squeal Like A Pig scene. There is something that people don't know.

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