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Moonrunners (1975)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 14 May 1975 (USA)
Grady and Bobby Lee run moonshine for Uncle Jesse, who prides himself on his old-school moonshining methods, and refuses to buckle in to the 'big business moonshine' of Jake, who controls these parts for New York mobsters.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mitchum ... Grady Hagg
Kiel Martin ... Bobby Lee Hagg
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Uncle Jesse Hagg
Chris Forbes Chris Forbes ... Beth Ann Eubanks
George Ellis George Ellis ... Jake Rainey, Bootlegger
Pete Munro Pete Munro ... Zeebo, Bootlegger
Joan Blackman ... Reba Rainey
Waylon Jennings Waylon Jennings ... The Balladeer
Ralph Mooney Ralph Mooney ... Steel guitar and drums
Don Brooks Don Brooks ... Harmonica
Fred Newell Fred Newell ... Himself - Lead guitar / banjo
Larry Whitemore Larry Whitemore ... Rhythm guitar
Duke Goff Duke Goff ... Bass guitar
Richie Albright Richie Albright ... Percussion
Elaine 'Spanky' McFarlane Elaine 'Spanky' McFarlane ... Precious, Jake Rainey's bartender (as Spanky McFarlan)


Grady and Bobby Lee run moonshine for Uncle Jesse, who prides himself on his old-school moonshining methods, and refuses to buckle in to the 'big business moonshine' of Jake, who controls these parts for New York mobsters.

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You take a load of 200 proof corn liquor through a Georgia roadblock at 100 miles an hour and if you ain't a dead man, you're a moonrunner. See more »


Action | Comedy


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Release Date:

14 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ge järnet, moonrunners See more »

Filming Locations:

Williamson, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Moonrunner Company See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Bobby Lee: Well, that's not the place where I prove my manhood. But since the subject has come up, you think you might boost it a little by letting me drive?
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Slow Rollin' Low
by Billy Joe Shaver
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The origin of the Dukes of Hazzard
4 August 2005 | by stephen-lacySee all my reviews

A nice representation of the type of life during the days of running moonshine. This movie is the precursor to the television series the "Dukes Of Hazzard". The main characters aren't named Duke and there is no General Lee. There is however an Uncle Jesse, A sheriff Roscoe P Coltrane and the Balladeer(Waylon Jennings). Ben Jones(Cooter) has a large role as a revenue agent. There are many similarities to the television series. There are plenty of car chases. It's a fun movie to watch, but may be slow in some parts of the dialog. People who watch it can see the direct relationship that it has with the "Dukes of Hazard". Definitely worth a look of given the opportunity.

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