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"Deliverance" revisited: Tallulah Gorge region still dealing with fame and infamy 40 years later

Deliverance - the movie that made Dueling Banjos a household tune...is turning 40 this summer.

The film follows four urban friends on a rural canoeing trip that turns into a terrifying struggle to survive. Shot in the beautiful Tallulah Gorge in Northern Georgia, the film sparked a tourism boom for the whole area.

But the film's popularity had a dark side, too – it painted the local residents as backwards, unsophisticated, and inbred, a reputation that has been hard to shake.

Martin Savidge went back to where the movie was made to see why four decades later the film's success doesn't necessarily add up to a good thing for the town.


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