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A young man who hauls liquor for moonshiners comes up against a competing gang of moonshiners who intend to get rid of him and take over his operation.


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Complete credited cast:
Hobe Carpenter
Jim Bob
Jake Summers
Ron Feinberg ...
Harley Thomas
Nancy Sue Hunnicutt
Ralph Junior Hunnicutt
Hope Pomerance ...
Mrs. Hunnicutt
Rudi Volpone (as Ed Barth)
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A young man who hauls liquor for moonshiners comes up against a competing gang of moonshiners who intend to get rid of him and take over his operation.

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It's 250 proof fun! - as they bust up the biggest moonshine racket in the country.


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12 August 1977 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Hog Heaven  »

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Final film of Sterling Holloway. See more »


When Harley's air boat runs across the road and is nearly hit by the Buick Skylark the car stops at a slight angle on the road. When the second air boat follows him the Buick is now at a much more pronounced angle to the road, even having the rear tire off the pavement. See more »


[After getting thrown to the ground by Harley Thomas]
Jim Bob: Knock off the Kung-Fu shit!
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Referenced in Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases (2010) See more »

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Doesn't have the commercial appeal of "Smokey and the Bandit", though the leads are game...
3 June 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Fatuous, witless, disappointing Southern moonshine adventure, with Kate Jackson as the daughter of a soda pop king and manufacturer of poisoned whiskey; she and thrill-seeking boyfriend David Carradine attempt to stop of shipment of the bad booze but run afoul of both the law and the moonshiner's shotgun-toting stooges. The redneck histrionics are shrill and labored, and the comedy relief is rather obvious (one of the better scenes has two hired killers bemoaning all the violence on TV, though it doesn't have the punch that better writing and directing might have given it). There are car crashes galore, two geezer brothers making whiskey in a swamp-land shack, an alligator wrasslin' preacher, and an ear-splitting soundtrack filled with hick music and squealing tires. Jackson and Carradine aren't bad, but they have next to nothing to work with; supporting cast includes some fine character actors, including a bearded, shaggy-haired Charles Napier, but they get stuck playing unfunny goons. Some of the best lines are delivered by the bit players, such as a garbage collector who points when he talks and a foreign delivery man who sings to himself on the job. *1/2 from ****

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