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The Moonshine War (1970)

GP | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | July 1970 (USA)
A federal agent attempts to make some real money before the alcohol ban is lifted so he sets his sights on the whiskey cache of an old army buddy.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Elmore Leonard (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Frank Long
Richard Widmark ... Dr. Emmett Taulbee
Alan Alda ... John W. (Son) Martin
Melodie Johnson ... Lizann Simpson
Will Geer ... Mr. Baylor
Joe Williams ... Aaron
Susanne Zenor ... Miley Mitchell
Lee Hazlewood Lee Hazlewood ... Dual Metters
Max Showalter ... Mr. Worthman
Harry Carey Jr. ... Arley Stamper
Tom Nolan Tom Nolan ... Lowell
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Boyd Caswell (as Richard Peabody)
John Schuck ... E.J. Royce
Bo Hopkins ... Bud Blackwell
Charles Tyner ... Mr. McClendon
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A federal agent attempts to make some real money before the alcohol ban is lifted so he sets his sights on the whiskey cache of an old army buddy.

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Taglines:

1932: The Moonshine War. The 18th amendment prohibited drinking. It didn't say a word about killing, double-crossing or blowing things up.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whisky brutal See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The September 3, 1969, issue of VARIETY reports that Claude Johnson (I) took over the small role of "young man" from actor Tex Barnum (credited as Charles Akins) when Barnum declined to do the nudity required for the role. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Justified: The Moonshine War (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonshine (Friend of Mine)
(uncredited)
Performed by Five Man Electrical Band
Written by Les Emmerson
Published by 4 Star Music, BMI
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Pappy Made A Batch Of Corn, The Revenuers Came
21 September 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I suppose I was fortunate enough to see The Moonshine War in that garden spot of the earth, Fort Polk, Louisiana when it first came out. With all the southern recruits around me, that audience certainly identified with. Would they only have known at the time what a liberal Alan Alda would turn out to be.

Alda is miles from Hawkeye Pierce in this film. He's a young moonshiner who's got some of the finest product around, comparatively speaking. And in those last days before America came to its senses and repealed Prohibition, he's got a short window of opportunity to get rid of his stash before legal liquor goes on the market again.

Trouble is that two people want his product real bad. One is gangster Richard Widmark, back again in those villainous roles that first brought him stardom. The second is treasury agent Patrick McGoohan, one of those despised revenuers that the hillbilly folk don't like.

McGoohan is no Eliot Ness, in fact he's more typical of the treasury agents from back in the day, crooks themselves trying to take advantage of an unpopular law. Yet even with gangsters gunning for Alda, the hill folk won't give McGoohan the right time of day.

The Moonshine War was an entertaining film, nothing special about it, but no disgrace to anyone involved. Except for the ending which was a classic of its kind. I can't say more, but if for no other reason see this film to see how Mr. Widmark and cronies are dealt with.


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