I watched Hooper as a kid (prolly 100 times in a couple of years) before any of the Smokey movies. Much preferred it then, and kinda scared to watch it now after 30 years break.
Deliverance stands the test of time, 100%.
I will always remember the scene, where he's getting the money to buy his car.
"I'll need a fast car.
OK here's a wad of cash.
It'll need to be faster than that.