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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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Seth Ames
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Wimbish
Lulu McNichol ...
Boogie Woogie
Royce Clark ...
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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You're never too young to learn the score. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Release Date:

5 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Accroche-toi Nashville  »

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Box Office

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$14,923,752, 7 August 1981
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1.85 : 1
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According to Wikipedia, 'The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia' original song is "a Southern Gothic song written by songwriter Bobby Russell and performed in 1972 by his then-wife Vicki Lawrence. Reba McEntire later covered it in 1991". 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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Soundtracks

You Make It Sound So Easy
Sung by Dennis Quaid
Music & Lyrics by Roger Cook & Charles Cochran
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has become a classic !
21 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

If you like road movies, tear-jerkers and real rock'in country music,u will just loooove this flick ! One of my favorites. I wish I could find a decent soundtrack in any format. My VHS copy seems to be a copy of a copy of a copy ie not the best quality... I watch this movie every 2 years.....The cast is great and the acting is too. In the old days one went to the flicks to cry, laugh & be moved or excited. This ones does it for me ! I particularly like one of the first scenes (filmed from hi up in a 'copter, showing their red truck rolling down the hi-way with guitar music blasting ! (well I do put the sound up real LOUD...). The only thing missing is me following behind on my 1939 red Indian Chief !


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