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White Lightning (1973)

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

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Joseph Sargent

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William W. Norton (as William Norton)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Bobby 'Gator' McKlusky
Jennifer Billingsley ... Lou
Ned Beatty ... Sheriff J.C. Connors
Bo Hopkins ... Roy Boone
Matt Clark ... Dude Watson
Louise Latham ... Martha Culpepper
Diane Ladd ... Maggie (as Diane Lad)
R.G. Armstrong ... Big Bear
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Deputy
Dabbs Greer ... Pa McKlusky
Lincoln Demyan ... Warden
John Steadman ... Skeeter
Iris Korn Iris Korn ... Ma McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield Stephanie Burchfield ... Jenny
Barbara Muller Barbara Muller ... Louella
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An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

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It's my kind of film. Booze, broads, car chases, corruption and revenge -- all the things that make life worthwhile! See more »

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Trivia

The film's title is a slang term for illegally brewed whiskey, aka "moonshine". See more »

Goofs

When Gator is talking to one of the young mothers about what happened to Donny, smoke drifts into frame when the girl is talking. Most likely from something the camera crew was smoking. She has no cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Gator McKlusky: You damn peanuthead, you don't know your can from second base, you know that?
Roy Boone: I don't have to take that crap from nobody!
Gator McKlusky: You super giant ass!
[fight breaks out]
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Crazy Credits

Diane Ladd's name is misspelled as DIANE LAD in the opening and closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Little Romance (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Way Down Under
Composed by Charles Bernstein
Performed by Jerry Whitman
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Not a bad beer drinking movie
17 September 2004 | by buzz-92See all my reviews

White Lightning is the kind of movie you can watch with a couple of your buddies while enjoying a cold one. We watched it again the other night (my second time seeing the movie) and its just a really good movie. You have to like Burt Reynolds, you have to be able to get past the stereotypical Southern image, and you have to be able to watch Ned Beatty without laughing (think Deliverance). If you can get through those three, then you'll like White Lightning.

It is a serious movie. There is far less humor than you're used to seeing out of Reynolds. And, thank God, there is no Dom Deluise! Have a Burt Reynolds night with your buddies. Rent "The Longest Yard", "Deliverance", "White Lightning" and "Smokey and the Bandit". You'll enjoy them all.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

McKlusky See more »

Company Credits

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Levy-Gardner-Laven See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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