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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

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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Meet the Bayou's baddest good ol' boy. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Crime

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of composer Charles Bernstein's music score from this movie was re-used in two Quentin Tarantino movies: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). See more »

Goofs

There are several shots of Gators '71 Ford that show a stock front clip. Then there are some that show the left headlights covered in tape and a steel bracket that runs along the front bumper. See more »

Quotes

Gator McKlusky: [after Jenny told him the details of how his brother, Donny, had been arrested by the sheriff, before being murdered] You know something? I just got out of prison. Running cars, stealing cars, running moonshine. I ain't never... I ain't never done nothin' good in my whole life. And then along come Donny. And he's the only one that ever went to school. The only one that ever accomplished anything. The only one who ever did anything in the whole family... What the hell does it mean?
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Soundtracks

Way Down Under
Composed by Charles Bernstein
Performed by Jerry Whitman
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Unforgettable. A great movie.
22 November 2006 | by clint2442000See all my reviews

They certainly don't make movies like this anymore. Likable characters, good story, a very charismatic Burt Reynolds. As for the action, I would take well-filmed, exciting car chase and action sequences as seen in White Lightning over CGI special effects in today's films any day! Rural locations in the South are also used to great effect. You can almost feel the cold water of the swamp in a great opening sequence, the ears of corn bouncing off the windshield as Reynolds drives the souped-up Ford through a cornfield, and the dust coming off the tires. As also observed by movie critic Roger Ebert, today's special effects- laden movies have forgotten how to make the location of the story, the land, a character in itself. After seeing this film at a drive-in theater around 1975, White Lighting was a "bad influence" on a kid as I was in rural Wisconsin who had just gotten his driving license. I would discreetly take the parent's car and my friends out on dusty, dirt roads in the countryside to execute "some Burt Reynolds style" driving. In addition, some parts of the movie are even touching. These include when Reynolds meets his parents for the first time after spending time in prison. And when Reynolds prior to the big chase sequence at the end proclaims his confusion to a young woman at the "Home For Young Mothers" as to why his brother who tried to make something of himself was murdered while he "had not done a damn good thing" his entire life. Enough of my ramblings. In summary, a movie with a number of added dimensions to put it far above and beyond a standard action movie. A pure classic.


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