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June 1981 (USA) See more »
They're stormin' on the taverns... thunderin' over the roads... and just plain having a good ol' time!
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Cameron Mitchell ... Karl Stover

Cameron Mitchell Jr. ... Buddy Owen (as Channing Mitchell)

Maureen McCormick ... Fay

Peter Jason ... Frank Whitman
Jean Clark ... Leonard Simpson (as J.L. Clark)

Hope Holiday ... Mrs. Stover
Charles Dierkop ... Walt
Adam Wade ... Highway Patrolman
Danone Camden ... Donna
Sandy Charles ... Young Filly
Richard Vincent ... Roy
April Sommers ... Loretta
Tao ... Tao
David Rini ... Donna's Lover
Gary Law ... Man in Bar
Susy Martin ... Wet T-Shirt Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa De Leeuw ... Lisa, Wet T-Shirt Contest Winner (uncredited)
Gary Graver ... Wet T-Shirt Contest Emcee (uncredited)

R. Michael Stringer ... Bar Brawler (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Graver 
Writing credits
Gary Graver (written by)

Produced by
Sandy Charles .... associate producer
Hope Holiday .... associate producer
Jim Sotos .... producer
Edward L. Montoro .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Tommy Vig 
Cinematography by
Gary Graver (photographed by)
Bruce M. Pasternack (photographed by) (as Bruce Pastarnack)
Film Editing by
Drake Silliman 
Makeup Department
Dana Wolski .... hair stylist
Dana Wolski .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicole Scott .... assistant director
Art Department
Karen Kornbaum .... props
Sound Department
Anna R. Delanzo .... sound mixer (as Anna De Lanzo)
Mary Jo Devenney .... boom operator (as Mary Jo Devenny)
Jeff Gall .... sound effects editor
Charles McCann .... sound effects editor
Chuck Neely .... sound effects editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (as John B. Roesch)
Kendrick Sweet .... sound effects editor (as Ken Sweet)
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Carin Abramson .... still photographer
Vincent Baldino .... assistant camera (as Vince Baldino)
David Kane .... best boy
Jono Kouzouyan .... lighting gaffer
Bruce M. Pasternack .... camera operator (as Bruce Pastarnack)
Michael Uva .... best boy
Doug Wood .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Val McDade .... wardrobe
Other crew
Sam Abbott .... production assistant
Penny James .... visual consultant
Bill Johnson .... production assistant
Walter Kane .... production assistant
Mark McNulty .... dog trainer
Paulette Pasternack .... script supervisor (as Paulette Pastarnack)
Liz Shaner .... production assistant
Helen Sotirakis .... special assistant to producer
Janet Van Ham .... production assistant
Christopher Canaan .... special thanks
Stephen G. Cheikes .... special thanks (as Stephen Cheikes)
Jon Davison .... special thanks
Michael Ferris .... special thanks
Jim Gillespie .... special thanks
Jeff Graver .... special thanks
Glenn Jacobson .... special thanks
Jeff Krebsbach .... special thanks
Carl Porcello .... special thanks
Lowell Steiger .... special thanks
R. Michael Stringer .... special thanks (as Michael Stringer)

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Did You Know?

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 »
Errors in geography: Nearly all the vehicles in this movie have California license plates, even though it's supposed to take place in Texas.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trick or Treats (1982)See more »
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See Maureen McCormick slum beyond belief!!, 12 November 2003
Author: mikeymars from U.S.A.

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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