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Return to Macon County (1975)

PG | | Drama | 23 July 1975 (USA)
Two young men in a fast car travel through Georgia in the summer of 1958 en route to enter the National Championship drag races in California. In Macon County they pick up a wild girl who brings trouble and attract the ire of a local cop.


Richard Compton


Richard Compton




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Bo Hollinger
Don Johnson ... Harley McKay
Robin Mattson ... Junell
Robert Viharo ... Sergeant Wittaker
Eugene Daniels Eugene Daniels ... Tom
Matt Greene Matt Greene ... Pete
Devon Ericson ... Betty
Ron Prather ... Steve
Philip Crews Philip Crews ... Larry
Laura Sayer Laura Sayer ... Libby
Walt Guthrie Walt Guthrie ... Big Man in Coffee Shop
Mary Ann Hearn ... Pat
Sam Kilman Sam Kilman ... Cook
Bill Moses Bill Moses ... Sheriff Jackson
Pat O'Connor Pat O'Connor ... Officer Harris


Two small-town young men, drag racer Bo and mechanic Harley, embark on a road trip from Georgia to California with the intention of entering the Grand National Championship drag races in California. But it's not long before the innocent-minded friends realize this journey will bring them more than they bargained for. Trouble greets them in the form of a runaway waitress who insists on traveling with them, a group of high school boys who don't like losing a street race, and a police sergeant who is determined to throw them in jail.

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Two guys, a chick and the hottest '57 Chevy on the road! See more »




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Did You Know?


Bo and Harley's car is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport coupe. In 2014, one of the cars used in this film was found in a garage in Kentucky. At least two cars were used for this picture - one for medium and long shots, and one that had holes drilled in it for camera mounts for close-ups. It was the camera-mount car that was discovered in Kentucky. See more »


When Bo and Harley are in the small grocery store talking in an aisle, the packaging of all the items on the shelves is from the 1970s, not from when the story supposedly takes place in 1958. For instance, the Hamburger Helper Bo is leaning against wasn't introduced until 1971. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases (2010) See more »


Don't Be Cruel
Written by Otis Blackwell
Performed by Sandy Nelson
Courtesy United Artists Music and Records Group, Inc.
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Awesome Movie
14 August 2005 | by mbtoonSee all my reviews

If anyone born in the late 40's to mid 50's doesn't see this as a symbol of their times, then they're not from the late 40's or 50's. Period. Great vernacular of the times and the emotions we all felt. Too bad they don't make a "modern" version of this movie. The actors seemed so young in this movie, but they're about the same age as I am, so it seems so real to me. Give it a try and see what you think. Especially if you're in your mid to late fifties or early sixties. We're all the same generation and it must strike a familiar cord with you. It is much like the classics like "Of Mice and Men" by Steinbeck. I didn't really put much stock into all of that back in my high school days and early college days, but it's all coming together now. Give a look-see. You'll know what I'm talking about.

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23 July 1975 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Barnesville, Georgia, USA See more »


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$800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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