Four Atlanta men decide to canoe down a river in the remote northern Georgia wilderness, expecting to have fun and witness the area's unspoiled nature before the Cahulawassee River valley is flooded by construction of a dam. While traveling to their launch site, the men are condescending towards the locals, who are unimpressed by the "city boys", and what follows is a canoeing trip they'll never forget.

Academy Award Best Picture nominated and widely acclaimed as a landmark picture, the film is noted for it's famous "Dueling Banjos" music scene near the beginning with guitar playing city boy Drew joining a local mentally-challenged banjo-playing boy in an impromptu bluegrass jam.