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White Lightning (1973)

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

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writer:

William W. Norton (as William Norton)

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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Crime

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

McKlusky See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Levy-Gardner-Laven See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of this movie's title White Lightning (1973) is that it is a slang colloquial expression for moonshine whiskey. Moonshine is the MacGuffin subject of this movie. See more »

Goofs

When the sheriff drives his car into the river, it can be seen to have no windshield or rear window. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Connors: [Junior and Sheriff Connors are chasing Gator] Junior, you know if you lose this thing, it's comin' outta your pay?... You know that don't ya?
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.83 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Way Down Under
Composed by Charles Bernstein
Performed by Jerry Whitman
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What Burt Reynolds Should Have Been
29 October 2003 | by webmaster-49See all my reviews

Some people renting this expecting "Gator" style silliness are probably in for a surprise. This movie had a lot more of a "Deliverence" feeling than I expected, and felt authentic to the South of the 1970s. Ok, I wasn't there at the time, so it could be completely wrong. But it was convincing.

This is what Reynolds could have been--a middleweight serious Southern Action actor, like a cornpone Marlon Brando. There's just enough meat on the script to get the old mental wheels turning, and just enough action that it doesn't turn into one of those boring intellectual films about the Bad Ol' South. All in all, a good, interesting, tight movie.

Of course, it unfortunately led to "Gator" -- a bloated mess -- a few years later. Watching them back to back, it's pathetic to watch how Reynolds declined into a buffoon. As he showed in Boogie Nights, he's quite capable of playing serious dramatic roles. Too bad he didn't follow through on the promise of White Lightning, but I'm sure the $$$ were better for the garbage films he later made.


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