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The Moonshine War (1970)

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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Storyline

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

Genres:

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 »

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Featured in Shooting the Moonshine War (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Brings Love
Music by Neal Hefti
Lyrics by Hermine Hilton
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Plain Bizare and crazy
22 November 2009 | by Tony RomeSee all my reviews

This is one crazy bizarre film. Not so much the story, but the casting. Patrick McGoogan as the corrupt prohibition guy is just hilarious, I was waiting for him to yell out "Who is number one?" just for fun. Richard Widmark was also funny, as the bad guy working with Patrick McGoogan. It was weird to see Alan Alda playing the role of the dude with all of the moonshine. One crazy thing if it is 1932, why is there a countryish pop song that sounds like it is from the late 60's playing through this picture? Maybe to be funny. This movie is sometimes fun to watch, but it may annoy some. It was made during that down period at MGM, when studio hands were changing. Maybe Warner Archives will put this out on DVD.


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