Ned Beatty and "Sweet Land"by Mary Lucia, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — You're a lucky actor to have your film debut be memorable, but to have it include one of the most memorable scenes of all time? That's something Ned Beatty can claim. He made his screen debut in "The Deliverance." The brutal rape scene might have been a career ender for another actor; it was so powerful that it could have affected the way audiences saw Beatty every time he tried to do something else.
But Beatty didn't shy away from the part and he has gone on to do over well over a hundred different films including "Sweet Land" which was filmed here in Minnesota, where Beatty now lives part time.