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The Moonshine War (1970)

GP | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | July 1970 (USA)
A federal agent attempts to make some real money before the alcohol ban is lifted so he sets his sights on the whiskey cache of an old army buddy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Long
Dr. Emmett Taulbee
John W. (Son) Martin
Lizann Simpson
Mr. Baylor
Joe Williams ...
Susanne Zenor ...
Miley Mitchell
Lee Hazlewood ...
Dual Metters
Mr. Worthman
Arley Stamper
Tom Nolan ...
Dick Peabody ...
Boyd Caswell (as Richard Peabody)
E.J. Royce
Bud Blackwell
Mr. McClendon


A federal agent attempts to make some real money before the alcohol ban is lifted so he sets his sights on the whiskey cache of an old army buddy.

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1932: The Moonshine War. The 18th amendment prohibited drinking. It didn't say a word about killing, double-crossing or blowing things up.


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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July 1970 (USA)  »

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Whisky brutal  »

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Did You Know?


The September 3, 1969, issue of VARIETY reports that Claude Johnson (I) took over the small role of "young man" from actor Tex Barnum (credited as Charles Akins) when Barnum declined to do the nudity required for the role. See more »


Referenced in Justified: The Moonshine War (2011) See more »


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Music by Neal Hefti
Lyrics by Hermine Hilton
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Not that bad, for what it is. A LOT OF FUN, TOO !!!
23 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being from Louisville, Kentucky, it is hard to be objective about this movie.

Considering the times this film depicts, that is the closing days of Prohibition and in the depths of the Great Depression, it is also hard to take these characters too seriously, for after all they are all on the make in some way, which makes this so much fun to watch.

You don't give a damn who wins !!!!

Patrick McGoohan's character as a crooked G-Man is par for the course, and Richard Widmark's corrupt dentist with his little sexy bundle in tow and other hangers-on may not be your average Louisvillian, though I imagine he does need a fair amount of medicinal alcohol for his private use, especially around Derby Week !!! (After all, what's a Mint Julep without bourbon.)

Alan Alda is quite good as 'Son Martin', who is sitting on a fortune in moonshine, patiently waiting for repeal.

Add all the local color provided by a good supporting cast, and you have a watchable movie, though you do have all these Hollywood types trying to get by with bad Southern drawls and over-the-top acting.

One highlight is seeing a young Teri Garr strip naked at gunpoint,(at least I think it was her, since we had a brief rear view. Could have been a body double).

Best watched with a full jar !!!!

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