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The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981)

PG | | Drama, Music | 5 June 1981 (USA)
A small town stud wants to go to Nashville and be a big country star. His ambitious kid sister works as his manager. When they cross paths with a small town sheriff, their dream comes in jeopardy.

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Amanda Child
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Conrad
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Melody
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Seth Ames
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Andy
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Wimbish
Lulu McNichol ...
Boogie Woogie
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Luther
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L.C. (as Jerry Rushing)
Jerry Campbell ...
Odie
Maxwell Morrow ...
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Bully #3 (as Lonnie Smith)
Elaine Falone ...
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Storyline

Country singer Travis (Dennis Quaid) and his younger sister Amanda (Kristy McNichol) travel to Nashville, Tennessee to find fame as singers. After getting into trouble with the law, Travis is sentenced to work detail at a prison farm. Amanda ends of falling in love with a police officer Conrad (Mark Hamill) who tries to help Travis out.

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Sex, action, humour, suspense and great songs! See more »

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Accroche-toi Nashville  »

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Second of two films that actress Kristy McNichol made with director Ron Maxwell. The first movie had been 1980's Little Darlings (1980) with Tatum O'Neal. See more »

Quotes

Melody Bartlett: I'm not your prize, Seth. It's over.
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Rodeo Girl
Sung by Tanya Tucker
Music & Lyrics by Joe Rainey / Tanya Tucker
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Oh geeze, do I even remember this flick?
27 August 2010 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

More vague impressions of a film from a time when the then very cute Kristy McNichol was the hot commodity on TV and film. Truth is I can't remember much of this film other than my peers mentioning it over and over again, and how it had "Kristy McNichol" in it. That was always followed by "She was in Little Darlings... have you seen 'The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia'"?

The movie itself is nothing to brag about. I finally saw it one afternoon, and really didn't quite get the whole thing. In fact, I don't ever remember a single joke or gag. The one thing I remember is Kristy's character driving around this pickup. In fact, that may have been the last shot.

What I do recall is a sappy, not so smart, quasi brother-sister road- trip film that seemed a little thin. Maybe it's because I was never a young teenage girl with an alcoholic brother that keeps me from connecting with this film, I don't really know. What I do know is that I slept through part of it.

I don't know... did this review help anyone? Probably not, but hey, for what it's worth, I can't remember enjoying it a great deal. If you're a woman who had an older brother with issues, or are a huge Kristy McNichol fan, then there may be something here for you.


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