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The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981)

 -  Drama | Music  -  29 May 1981 (USA)
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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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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
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Odie
Maxwell Morrow ...
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Bill Gribble ...
Bully #2
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ...
Bully #3 (as Lonnie Smith)
Elaine Falone ...
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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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29 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Accroche-toi Nashville  »

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According to TV Guide, "the film has nothing whatsoever to do with the song on which it was supposed to be based". See more »

Quotes

Melody Bartlett: I'm not your prize, Seth. It's over.
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Life Is Like a Mountain Railway
Traditional
Sung by Kristy McNichol & Dennis Quaid
Additional Lyrics by Dennis Quaid
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McNichol and Quaid are worth seeing...but nothing else is
1 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dennis Quaid plays Travis Child a skirt-chasing (yet lovable) guy who is constantly sleeping with married women and getting in trouble with the law. His sister straight arrow Amanda (Kristy McNichol) tries to keep him out of trouble but can't do it. She tries to get policeman Conrad (Mark Hamill) to help her...but has Travis gone too far?

If you've heard the title song you basically know the outcome. This is a dull, totally predictable, by the numbers drama. I was one of the few people who actually paid money to see it in a theatre in 1981. I remember the snickers coming from the audience during the "dramatic" scenes...especially at the ending. The only thing that made this endurable where Quaid and McNichol. They effortlessly give out good performances and make this somewhat interesting. Also McNichol play a singer and she was a good singer so she belts out a few songs. Also, in case any one is interested, Quaid bares his butt in this one. Hamill is just terrible...but it's not entirely his fault. His character is badly underwritten and he's just there to provide a love interest for McNichol.

So...this is pretty bad story-wise but worth catching if you like Quaid or McNichol. Or you can just listen to the song and get virtually the entire movie in three minutes. Pretty much forgotten...and for good reason. I give it a 5.


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