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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 ...
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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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SEK 782,923 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The I-30 speedway was used at the Benton speedway. This speedway is actually just over in Pulaski county (little rock, Arkansas) from Saline county where Benton is actually located. See more »

Goofs

When the sheriff drives his car into the river, it can be seen to have no windshield or rear window. See more »

Quotes

Roy Boone: Hey, Gator. Tell me somethin'. Was you scared back there when ol' Big Bear pulled that pig sticker on you?
Gator McKlusky: Hmph... Scared shitless.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.83 (2010) See more »

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Way Down Under
Composed by Charles Bernstein
Performed by Jerry Whitman
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The South in the 70's from a Hollywood Perspective
12 January 2000 | by (Little Rock) – See all my reviews

As a 15 year old I watched parts of this movie being made. It was partly filmed in Benton Arkansas (30 miles S of LR). Benton was also the location for Sling Blade. My mom's Volkswagen and my bicycle show up in this movie.

It really is a somewhat accurate view of the South in the 70's from the rejection of hippies by "Good ole boys" to the Corrupt Sheriff, to the home for unwed mothers to the interaction of the races while still staying "respectfully apart". The movie was not intended to be an Oscar contender it was intended to capitalize on Reynolds immense popularity at the time. It did this well. Ned Beaty shaved his head to give himself the proper receding hairline for a Southern sheriff, and many locals were cast. If you like car chases, and "good ole boys" you'll love this. Otherwise you can watch it for it's historical value as a peek at the South through Hollywood colored eyes.

In an interview with Larry King, Ned Beaty said this was the most important role of his career because it kept him from being typecast as a wimp after Deliverance. Diane Ladd and her daughter, Laura Dern are both in this film.


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