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14 May 1975 (USA) See more »
You take a load of 200 proof corn liquor through a Georgia roadblock at 100 miles an hour and if you ain't a dead man, you're a moonrunner. See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Mitchum ... Grady Hagg

Kiel Martin ... Bobby Lee Hagg

Arthur Hunnicutt ... Uncle Jesse Hagg
Chris Forbes ... Beth Ann Eubanks
George Ellis ... Jake Rainey, Bootlegger
Pete Munro ... Zeebo, Bootlegger

Joan Blackman ... Reba Rainey
Waylon Jennings ... The Balladeer
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)
Joey Giardello ... Syndicate man (as Joey Giordello)
Rick Hunter ... Rowdy Boar's Nest patron
Dick Steinborn ... Obnoxious bar patron
Happy Humphrey ... Tiny, Syndicate man (as Happy Humphery)
John Chappell ... Luther, short deputy sheriff
Bill Moses ... Federal Agent in charge
Bob Hannah ... Roy Adderholt
Bruce Atkins ... Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane
Bobby Dunn
Edie Kramer ... Jake Rainey's truck stop girl
Anita Allen
Lois Zeitlin ... Jake Rainey's truck stop girl
Kay Simpson
Bill Gribble ... Cooter Pettigrew
James Beard ... Minister
Philip Pleasants ... Cooter's brother (as Phil Pleasants)

Ben Jones ... Fred - Chicago Federal Agent
John Clower
Rhona Pope
Patty Shaw
Laura Frost
Grace McEachron
Cathy Rushing
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elijah Christopher Perry ... Jake Rainey's bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by
Gy Waldron 
Writing credits
Gy Waldron (written by)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... executive producer (as Robert B. Clark)
Cinematography by
Brian W. Roy (director of photography) (as Brian Roy)
Film Editing by
Avrum M. Fine  (as Avrum Fine)
Art Direction by
Pat Mann 
Patrick Mann 
Production Management
Peter Cornberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Walters .... assistant director
Don Walters .... second unit director
Sound Department
Joe Clayton .... sound
Jim Hawkins .... sound
Special Effects by
Bob Shelley .... special effects
Mike Head .... stunt driver
Charles Mincey .... stunt driver
Elijah Christopher Perry .... stunt driver (as Jerry Rushing)
Gene Witham .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Betty Bennett .... still photographer
Bert Bertolami .... key grip
Sean Doyle .... camera operator
Allen Facemire .... camera operator
James Latham .... gaffer (as Jim Lathan)
Bruce MacCallum .... assistant camera (as Bruce McCallum)
George Mooradian .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patty Shaw .... costumes
Editorial Department
William K. Chulack .... supervising editor (as William Chulack)
Denis Dutton .... assistant editor
Music Department
Waylon Jennings .... musical director
Other crew
Bill Britton .... production staff
B. Alexandra Fedack .... continuity (as Alexandria Fedak)
Frank Harris .... production staff
Kyle Lehning .... engineer
Mike Mosley .... production staff
Thomas Oliver .... production staff
Elijah Christopher Perry .... technical advisor (as Jerry Rushing)
Jerry Rushing .... technical advisor
Robert Shelley .... production staff
Tom Skarda .... production staff (as Tom Scarda)
Jim Way .... dialogue coach
Mike Head .... acknowledgment: 'Traveler' courtesy of

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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Warner Brothers was sued by Jerry Rushing for using his life story and giving him no credit. Rushing's life was used for the basis of at least thirteen characters in this film and The Dukes of Hazzard.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Bobby Lee:Jesse, she's in trouble.
Uncle Jesse:Did you do it?
Bobby Lee:It ain't that kind of trouble.
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Whiskey ManSee more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Good Guys drive Plymouths, 9 November 2002
Author: knsevy from KCMO

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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