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White Lightning (1973)

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An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

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Jennifer Billingsley ...
Lou
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Roy Boone
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Dude Watson
Louise Latham ...
Martha Culpepper
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Maggie (as Diane Lad)
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Big Bear
Conlan Carter ...
Deputy
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Pa McKlusky
Lincoln Demyan ...
Warden
John Steadman ...
Skeeter
Iris Korn ...
Ma McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield ...
Jenny
Barbara Muller ...
Louella
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An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

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22 October 1973 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

McKlusky  »

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SEK 782,923 (Sweden)
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Laura Dern:  This movie was Dern's uncredited film debut. Dern was just six years old in this brief non-speaking walk on bit part. Dern plays the daughter of her real life mother Diane Ladd who appears in this movie as Maggie. See more »

Goofs

During a car chase between the police and Gator, a rather large gold ring on the right ring-finger of Gator appears and disappears several times during scene changes. See more »

Quotes

Vinnie Carruthers: What happened to you?
Gator McKlusky: I was tryin' to save these two buddies of mine from getting knocked up by a homosexual.
Vinnie Carruthers: Oh, praise god!
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Referenced in Archer: Pipeline Fever (2011) See more »

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Way Down Under
Composed by Charles Bernstein
Performed by Jerry Whitman
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What Burt Reynolds Should Have Been
29 October 2003 | by (Salem, OR) – See all my reviews

Some people renting this expecting "Gator" style silliness are probably in for a surprise. This movie had a lot more of a "Deliverence" feeling than I expected, and felt authentic to the South of the 1970s. Ok, I wasn't there at the time, so it could be completely wrong. But it was convincing.

This is what Reynolds could have been--a middleweight serious Southern Action actor, like a cornpone Marlon Brando. There's just enough meat on the script to get the old mental wheels turning, and just enough action that it doesn't turn into one of those boring intellectual films about the Bad Ol' South. All in all, a good, interesting, tight movie.

Of course, it unfortunately led to "Gator" -- a bloated mess -- a few years later. Watching them back to back, it's pathetic to watch how Reynolds declined into a buffoon. As he showed in Boogie Nights, he's quite capable of playing serious dramatic roles. Too bad he didn't follow through on the promise of White Lightning, but I'm sure the $$$ were better for the garbage films he later made.


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