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Texas Lightning (1981)

R | | Action, Drama | June 1981 (USA)
A rough and tough macho truck driver decides to make his soft son more of a man by taking him hunting. They go on a holiday and go to a honky-tonk bar where the younger man falls in love with a burned out waitress.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Stover
Buddy Owen (as Channing Mitchell)
Frank Whitman
Jean Clark ...
Leonard Simpson (as J.L. Clark)
Mrs. Stover
Adam Wade ...
Highway Patrolman
Danone Camden ...
Sandy Charles ...
Young Filly
Richard Vincent ...
April Sommers ...
Tao ...
David Rini ...
Donna's Lover
Gary Law ...
Man in Bar


A rough and tough macho truck driver decides to make his soft son more of a man by taking him hunting. They go on a holiday and go to a honky-tonk bar where the younger man falls in love with a burned out waitress.

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They're stormin' on the taverns... thunderin' over the roads... and just plain having a good ol' time!


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June 1981 (USA)  »

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Los chiflados del oeste  »

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The original version of Texas Lightning was a serious drama called "The Boys", which producer Edward L. Montoro forced director Gary Graver to re-cut and shoot additional comedic footage for. The new version was released to the theaters as Texas Lightning, while the original cut of the boys remains officially unreleased to this day. An illegitimate video was released in Finland in the early 90's. There might also be other European bootleg editions. See more »


Although taking place in Texas, when the rednecks are stopped for speeding, the car, with California civilian license plates, says "Highway Patrol" but the patch on the cop's uniform says "Sheriff's Dept." See more »


Referenced in Trick or Treats (1982) See more »


Typical Day
Composed and Sung by Maureen McCormick
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See Maureen McCormick slum beyond belief!!
12 November 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's nothing funnier (or perhaps sadder) than watching a grade D movie containing a once-famous actor who is only in it because they have come way, way down on their luck. Such is the opportunity afforded while watching Maureen McCormick (a.k.a. `Marcia' from `the Brady Bunch') doing her thing in `Texas Lightning.'

At one point in the film, Mcormick's character (a tarty, chain-smoking barmaid named `Fay') delivers the line `they don't pay me to be stupid,' which literally led me to yell back at the tube `oh, they most CERTAINLY do' (anyone who goes from a starring role in a network TV hit to this sort of grade D trash is definitely guilty of selling out).

Poorly written, directed, filmed and edited, laughing at McCormick's pathetic attempt at serious acting (including a rape scene which is so poorly done that it comes across as tasteless comedy) is just about the only entertaining thing to do while watching this boring, slow-moving `coming of age' story. None of the other principal characters in the film (who are all fat, ugly or just plain messed up) warrant any mention.

But wait - there's even more in this excursion into the realm of truly high camp: the bad performances and tiring storyline are enhanced by some of the worst production values and editing you'll EVER see. Seriously. This thing truly looks like it was shot for less than $100. The `sets' consist solely of residential dumps in drab neighborhoods, a tired roadhouse, a tacky motel and desert backwaters, and the editing feels like it was done by a drunken chimp with a machete.

And just when you think it can't get any worse, the film ends with McCormick performing a musical number, in a truly laughable preview of what would eventually become her last `career,' that of grade Z country singer.

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