The meaning and relevance of this movie's title White Lightning (1973) is that it is a slang colloquial expression for moonshine whiskey. Moonshine is the MacGuffin subject of this movie. See more »
When the Feds give Gator his brown '71 Custom, they are driving a silver with black vinyl roof '71 Ford LTD with the small lug cover hub caps. This same car is used when Roy drives Dude's wife to the funeral. See more »
In direct contrast to the previous review, I find this movie a well thought-out vehicle for Reynolds. Maybe some folks don't understand the 'shine business. Being an informer, turning in people who are just like you (and your family) creates great conflict within the character. Reynolds pulls it off well, even with the romantic distraction of Jennifer Billingsley, with Bo Hopkins doing his good ol' boy thing, then there's Ned Beatty.....and aww heck....you know why you watch it! It's a non-stop, pedal-to-the-metal, V8 blasting car movie! Check out those stunts...jumping a '72 Ford SeeDan (as we say here in the South) from a dock to a moving barge...great! Those full-size Mercury and Fords gobbling up the road, either chasing good ol' Gator or with him in one outrunning the cops...I mean, how much better can you get than that???
Ok, ok, I'll get serious again. It's a great action movie, regardless of whether you watch it with your coon hound or some Okie. It's got a very good plot, great action, and a good resolution......
Don't let folks kid you, Burt did good in this one!
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