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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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Cast

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Amanda Child
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Travis 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
Royce Clark ...
Luther
Elijah Christopher Perry ...
L.C. (as Jerry Rushing)
Jerry Campbell ...
Odie
Maxwell Morrow ...
Bully #1
Bill Gribble ...
Bully #2
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ...
Bully #3 (as Lonnie Smith)
Elaine Falone ...
Verna
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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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Drama | Music

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Accroche-toi Nashville  »

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1.85 : 1
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Just before the movie went into production, the Hollywood trade papers were touting that rising star Kristy McNichol was to headline in a comedy-drama with country music to be entitled "Ruby Red". See more »

Quotes

Travis: And I asked the Lord, "Lord, why have you forsaken me?". But there was silence. So , I asked again, "Lord, WHY have you forsaken me?", and there was silence. So I asked again, "LORD, WHY have you forsaken me?"... and this great booming voice said "Geez, I don't know Travis, I guess something about you just chaps at my ass."
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You Make It Sound So Easy
Sung by Dennis Quaid
Music & Lyrics by Roger Cook & Charles Cochran
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Surpringly Very Good!
4 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it first came out in the early 1980s. I had a big crush on Kristy McNichol and just had to see this film. Somewhat an offbeat mixture of country humor and drama, The Night The Lights Went Off in Georgia starts off like a cornball comedy and ends up deadly serious.Kristy McNichol proved she could sing and was very good in "Baby Bye-Bye". Dennis Quaid was an up-coming star, and his rugged good looks, and boyish charm are backed up by his extremely well singing talents. Amazing that Quaid didn't become a country music singing star, I thought he was that good. Mark Hamill is pleasant as the love-struck cop, but it's an "ice-cream cone" performance. The late Sunny Johnson looked beautiful, and it's a real shame that this talented actress died so young.


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