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Moonrunners (1975)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  14 May 1975 (USA)
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Grady and Bobby Lee run moonshine for Uncle Jesse, who prides himself on his old-school moonshining methods, and refuses to buckle in to the 'big business moonshine' of Jake, who controls these parts for New York mobsters.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Grady Hagg
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Bobby Lee Hagg
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Chris Forbes ...
Beth Ann Eubanks
George Ellis ...
Jake Rainey, Bootlegger
Pete Munro ...
Zeebo, Bootlegger
Joan Blackman ...
Reba Rainey
Waylon Jennings ...
Ralph Mooney ...
Steel guitar and drums
Don Brooks ...
Harmonica
Fred Newell ...
Himself - Lead guitar / banjo
Larry Whitemore ...
Rhythm guitar
Duke Goff ...
Bass guitar
Richie Albright ...
Percussion
Elaine 'Spanky' McFarlane ...
Precious, Jake Rainey's bartender (as Spanky McFarlan)
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Grady and Bobby Lee run moonshine for Uncle Jesse, who prides himself on his old-school moonshining methods, and refuses to buckle in to the 'big business moonshine' of Jake, who controls these parts for New York mobsters.

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"Thunder Road" was only a practice run. This is the real thing! See more »

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14 May 1975 (USA)  »

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Ge järnet, moonrunners  »

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Bobby Lee drives a 1970 Plymouth fury, Grady and Bobby Lee's stock car is a 1955 Chevy. See more »

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Bobbie Lee is tuning his guitar in the bar getting ready to play, when a bar patron (played by pro wrestler Rick Hunter) starts a fight with him. Bobbie Lee then breaks his guitar over the guy's head, destroying the guitar, and immediately gets sent to jail for 30 days. As he is released from jail, he has his guitar again. See more »

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Good Guys drive Plymouths
9 November 2002 | by (KCMO) – See all my reviews

I'd say this movie was as appealing as any episode of the TV show it inspired (Dukes of Hazzard); the characters a bit underdeveloped and the plot gets simplistic, at times, but it had enough pathos in it to hold my attention, even without the cars.

What keeps this from being just a loosely-connected string of explosions and car chases is the movie's play on the moonshine men's code of ethics. Much like the Mafia, they're shown to have some very deep-rooted traditions and rules. They seem willing to accept and forgive double-dealing and acts of aggression, so long as it falls within that ethos. I don't know if this is truth or fiction, but it does give the characters an extra dimension for their motivations.

And yes, the good guys DO drive Plymouths. The Haggs and Zeebo both run their shine in 1970 Plymouth Furys, while the bad guys chase them in 1971 Chevrolets. The primary bad guy drives a Cadillac, and there was nary a Ford to be seen. Only the borrowed '72 Chevrolet Jesse used to make a delivery breaks this pattern.

Hey, you watch movies for YOUR reasons, I'll watch movies for MINE. Catch it on cable.


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