I've asked before if this or that classic film of the '60s, '70s or '80s could be remade today. Most of the time the answer is "no, it probably couldn't be." Because the stories are too dated or present-day culture might find the premise unwelcome or out of bounds. And so it may be that John Boorman's Deliverance ('72), released 47 and 1/2 years ago, will never be remade. It's a film that was right...hell, perfect for its time, but would probably not be right for ours. Sometimes it's better to leave well enough alone.

It's too white, for one thing. And I'm not sure audiences would want t...

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