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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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Martha Culpepper
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Big Bear
Conlan Carter ...
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Pa McKlusky
Lincoln Demyan ...
Warden
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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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WHITE LIGHTNING never strikes twice - 'cause once is enough! See more »

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22 October 1973 (Sweden)  »

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Trivia

Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. 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

Big Bear: [holding a knife at Gator's throat] You can eat my grub... I'll let you haul my whiskey... but don't you ever do me no *wrong*!
Gator McKlusky: How'd you like that knife shoved up yer ass?
Big Bear: [long pause] I wouldn't like that at all.
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Referenced in Somewhere Down the Road with Charles Bernstein (2016) 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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