6.8/10
708
21 user 17 critic

Macon County Line (1974)

A vengeful Southern sheriff is out for blood after his wife is brutally killed by a pair of drifters. Low-budget film set in Georgia in 1953 and based on fact.

Director:

Writers:

(story written by) (as Max Baer), (screenplay) (as Max Baer) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In 1958, two teenagers take their pride and joy, a hopped-up Chevy, and start a cross-country journey to enter it in the National Championship drag races in California. Along the way they ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Compton
Stars: Nick Nolte, Don Johnson, Robin Mattson
Beach Party (1963)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

"Beach Party" was the first of of a series of seven related AIP beach party films. The others are Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.

Director: William Asher
Stars: Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon
Walking Tall (1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett
Mute Witness (1995)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Billy Hughes, a mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there she witnesses a brutal murder, and must first escape ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Waller
Stars: Marina Zudina, Fay Ripley, Evan Richards
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A Story about the rich McCulloch Family, their overbearing father and the children's misguided blaming him for everything that doesn't go right.

Director: Max Baer Jr.
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Julie Adams, Max Baer Jr.
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill
Suddenly! (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Chris Dixon
Cheryl Waters ...
Jenny Scott
...
Hamp
...
Carol Morgan
...
Wayne Dixon
...
Deputy Bill
...
Lon
...
Elisha
...
Luke Morgan (as Lief Garrett)
...
Gurney
...
Augie
Avil Williams ...
Public Defender
Jay Adler ...
Impound Yard Man
Roger Camras ...
Man in Car
David Orange ...
1st Highway Patrolman
Edit

Storyline

A vengeful Southern sheriff is out for blood after his wife is brutally killed by a pair of drifters. Low-budget film set in Georgia in 1953 and based on fact. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They're on the bad side of the wrong man. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 December 1975 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Fronteira do Pesadelo  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,765,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It was one of the highest grossing independently financed movies of 1974. The success of the film inspired the sequel Return to Macon County (1975). See more »


Soundtracks

Another Place Another Time
Theme from Macon County Line (1974)
Words, Music, Vocal by Bobbie Gentry
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Deep-fried
24 August 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

70's gritnik cinema doesn't get much better. Pure tautness. Imagine Sam Peckinpah had done this, or John Boorman, or that it starred one of the many young upstarts of New Hollywood; it would've been one of the classic movies we referenced from this era, that's for sure.

Alas it had none of those things. But it wasn't a drive-in smash hit for no reason either and as much as high brow critics would dismiss the regular love-pit crowd as easily pleased or what have you, the truth is Macon County Line is an all around accomplished movie that is almost too good to be classified as exploitation. Or the kind of hicksploitation you find in movies like Gator Bait.

What starts as an amusing "boys just wanna have fun" road movie soon turns into a tight, gripping thriller but not without stopping to sample some of the local Lousiana colour first. The economy in the story is incredible, there's no frame wasted, nothing that doesn't propel the story forward or build mood or characters. The direction is confident, without highfallutin auteur-ism but with an efficiency and energy that suits the material.

What really elevates Macon is the superb cast. Names and faces I've never seen before but they're all perfect in their roles, understated and emotional in just the right measure and true to the characters they're supposed to be playing without becoming self-conscious caricatures of themselves. Even the backwoods mechanic carries an authenticity, a sense that you're watching a real person and that such people do exist.

Which brings me to another major success for the movie. It presents and inhabits a real world with real characters that have lived their lives there. The real locations and unknown cast sure help a great deal but so does the story, dialogues and actor interplay. We get a vision of the graphic South without the self-conscious quirks the Coens used in Raising Arizona or Oliver Stone in U-Turn, both great movies but still "artificial" in how they depict life.

Tightly edited, beautifully photographed, with cool music and a fine-tuned screenplay, memorable performances and an unexpected ending, Macon County Line justifies its cult status and drive-in success 30 years down the line and belongs in the very elite company of gritnik gems like Two-Lane Blacktop and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?