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White Lightning (1973)

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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It's my kind of film. Booze, broads, car chases, corruption and revenge -- all the things that make life worthwhile! See more »

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22 October 1973 (Sweden)  »

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McKlusky  »

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This was the first of the car stunt movies set in the American South that Burt Reynolds made during the 1970s and involved some kind of battle with a sheriff or official. This group of movies includes the Smokey and the Bandit films and this movie's sequel, Gator (1976). See more »

Goofs

After Gator confronts J.C Conner with Dude in the passenger seat, the antenna can be seen for the wireless mics. It has a red tip and is seen in front of Dude most likely on the floorboard. See more »

Quotes

Gator McKlusky: You damn peanuthead, you don't know your camp from second base, you know that?
Roy Boone: I don't have to take that crap from nobody!
Gator McKlusky: You super giant ass!
[fight breaks out]
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Way Down Under
Composed by Charles Bernstein
Performed by Jerry Whitman
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Unforgettable. A great movie.
22 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

They certainly don't make movies like this anymore. Likable characters, good story, a very charismatic Burt Reynolds. As for the action, I would take well-filmed, exciting car chase and action sequences as seen in White Lightning over CGI special effects in today's films any day! Rural locations in the South are also used to great effect. You can almost feel the cold water of the swamp in a great opening sequence, the ears of corn bouncing off the windshield as Reynolds drives the souped-up Ford through a cornfield, and the dust coming off the tires. As also observed by movie critic Roger Ebert, today's special effects- laden movies have forgotten how to make the location of the story, the land, a character in itself. After seeing this film at a drive-in theater around 1975, White Lighting was a "bad influence" on a kid as I was in rural Wisconsin who had just gotten his driving license. I would discreetly take the parent's car and my friends out on dusty, dirt roads in the countryside to execute "some Burt Reynolds style" driving. In addition, some parts of the movie are even touching. These include when Reynolds meets his parents for the first time after spending time in prison. And when Reynolds prior to the big chase sequence at the end proclaims his confusion to a young woman at the "Home For Young Mothers" as to why his brother who tried to make something of himself was murdered while he "had not done a damn good thing" his entire life. Enough of my ramblings. In summary, a movie with a number of added dimensions to put it far above and beyond a standard action movie. A pure classic.


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