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W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 10 March 1976 (Denmark)
W. Bright (Burt Reynolds) is a robber with a heart of gold who travels the South knocking off banks and gas stations owned by a corrupt businessman. When he hijacks a car, he meets an aspiring country band, the Dixie Dancekings, led by Dixie (Conny Van Dyke). The two sides eventually take a liking to one another, especially after the Dancekings realize the size of Bright's thefts. Trailed by ... See full summary »

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Wayne
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Country Bull
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Butterball (as Richard D. Hurst)
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Good Ole Boy #2
Furry Lewis ...
Uncle Furry
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Hester Tate
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Good Ole Boy #1
Peg Murray ...
Della
Sherry Mathis ...
Roni Stoneman Hemrick ...
Ticket Lady
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W.W. is a happy-go-lucky crook who makes his living robbing gas stations through the drive-up windows. The Dixie Dancekings are a country music band trying to get their first big break. W.W. crosses paths with the Dixie Dancekings when he hijacks their car (and them) to help him rob a bank. At first, the band resists. However, when they discover how much money they make, they begin helping out voluntarily in order to finance their big break. At the same time, W.W. takes a liking to them and uses his natural charm and smooth-talking ways to help them start down the road to stardom. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Back in 1957, sweet-talking W.W. lived in a '55 Olds, loved bubble gum, Errol Flynn, country music, fried chicken, robbing filling stations, and a girl named Dixie. Not necessarily in that order. See more »

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10 March 1976 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Agrios kai atithasos  »

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Trivia

Alot of the movie was filmed in and around Nashville (Davidson) and surrounding counties in Tennessee. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1957 but the logo on the RC Cola cooler in the diner is a more-modern design not introduced until years later. See more »

Quotes

Deacon John Wesley Gore: Why, you're just a Saturday night sinner.
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Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.23 (2009) See more »

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There's Better Things in Life
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Composed by Jerry Reed
Performed by Ned Beatty
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He's a mixture of manure and sincerity...just don't call him a Communist!
10 November 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Director John G. Avildsen fit this low-keyed comedy in between his "Save the Tiger" and "Rocky" ("Tiger" screenwriter, Steve Shagan, served as executive producer here). It's a Robin Hood-styled anti-hero story with musical asides and a distinct feeling for the south in the late-1950s (the nostalgia for the era isn't laid on with a trowel, and the evocative milieu is very loose and natural). Thomas Rickman's screenplay tries for originality in its characterization, though the movie's charms lie mainly in the impeccable casting, the filming locations, and in the colorful detail (Avildsen shows a gift for throwaway pleasures and minute, happy bits of business). Burt Reynolds, grinning up a storm, is on the run from the law after robbing a series of filling stations with a water pistol; he takes up with a traveling country-western band for a cover, but slowly begins to appreciate the friendships he makes there. Conny Van Dyke's Dixie, the band's singer-guitarist, is a marvelous creation (and the actress nearly upstages Reynolds in the bargain), however Art Carney's Deacon arrives too late (when interest in these adventures begins to flag). It isn't a terribly memorable (or even successful) picture, however there are moments scattered about that work a little ramshackle magic. ** from ****


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