I am writing about this song/ scene for several reasons:
1) It's a great song. The thought hit me when it came on in the bathroom mp3 player this morning.
2) Deliverance was a very significant movie. It was directed by John Boorman who never makes the same movie twice. It helped establish Burt Reynolds as one of the decade's most bankable stars. There was a certain scene with Ned Beatty that became one of the most quoted lines. Angelina Jolie's parents were married on the set of this movie. That's her dad with the pipe, looking like Ricky Schoder.
3) the song was a cultural phenomenon. Often referenced and parodied. Whether it's the original Muppet Show or Family Guy. Check out all the different Youtube clips that are under the Dueling Banjos search.
4) Ronnie Cox ( who plays guitar on Deuling Banjos)
looks like David Letterman.
He was in Beverly Hills Cop and Total Recall. This was his first movie after acting on stage.
Technical note: I added the song to the attachments in the Multiply version of the post. No dialogue, just the banjos.