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White Lightning (1973)

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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 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 ... 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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WHITE LIGHTNING never strikes twice - 'cause once is enough! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

In 1973, the USA were changing over road markings from white to yellow. During the main chase into the town, the road originally shows the older markings, then the new, then the old. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Connors: Communism, Harvey, that's what it is. That's plain and simple. That is plain as the nose on your face. The Communists! That's what he says: "Destroy from the inside."
Harvey: What are you gonna' do?
Sheriff Connors: [pauses to consider] I'm gonna' get mean, Harvey.
Harvey: You don't understand. It can't be the way it was. It cannot be the way it was, J.C. Understand it!
Sheriff Connors: Harvey, don't you know there are times that your learned opinion is about as useless as tits on a boar hog?
[walks out of the room]
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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 Somewhere Down the Road with Charles Bernstein (2016) 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

Production Co:

Levy-Gardner-Laven See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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