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

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

When Gator is trying out the 1971 Ford Galaxy he was given by the Federal agents, you see him working a manual gear shift in the floor. Throughout the scene Gator upshifts and downshifts. However, when he arrives at his parents home, you see him place the car in park on the steering wheel, which is obviously an automatic transmission. See more »

Quotes

Big Bear: [holding a knife at Gator's throat] You can eat my grub... I'll let you haul my whiskey... but don't you ever do me no *wrong*!
Gator McKlusky: How'd you like that knife shoved up yer ass?
Big Bear: [long pause] I wouldn't like that at all.
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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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The South in the 70's from a Hollywood Perspective
12 January 2000 | by andydufresneSee all my reviews

As a 15 year old I watched parts of this movie being made. It was partly filmed in Benton Arkansas (30 miles S of LR). Benton was also the location for Sling Blade. My mom's Volkswagen and my bicycle show up in this movie.

It really is a somewhat accurate view of the South in the 70's from the rejection of hippies by "Good ole boys" to the Corrupt Sheriff, to the home for unwed mothers to the interaction of the races while still staying "respectfully apart". The movie was not intended to be an Oscar contender it was intended to capitalize on Reynolds immense popularity at the time. It did this well. Ned Beaty shaved his head to give himself the proper receding hairline for a Southern sheriff, and many locals were cast. If you like car chases, and "good ole boys" you'll love this. Otherwise you can watch it for it's historical value as a peek at the South through Hollywood colored eyes.

In an interview with Larry King, Ned Beaty said this was the most important role of his career because it kept him from being typecast as a wimp after Deliverance. Diane Ladd and her daughter, Laura Dern are both in this film.


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