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W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 25 September 1975 (UK)
W. Bright (Burt Reynolds) is a robber with a heart of gold who travels the South knocking off banks and gas stations owned by a corrupt businessman. When he hijacks a car, he meets an aspiring country band, the Dixie Dancekings, led by Dixie (Conny Van Dyke). The two sides eventually take a liking to one another, especially after the Dancekings realize the size of Bright's thefts. Trailed by ... See full summary »

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writer:

Thomas Rickman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... W.W. Bright
Conny Van Dyke ... Dixie
Jerry Reed ... Wayne
Ned Beatty ... Country Bull
James Hampton ... Junior
Don Williams ... Leroy
Rick Hurst ... Butterball (as Richard D. Hurst)
Mel Tillis ... Good Ole Boy #2
Furry Lewis Furry Lewis ... Uncle Furry
Sherman G. Lloyd Sherman G. Lloyd ... Elton Bird
Mort Marshall Mort Marshall ... Hester Tate
Bill McCutcheon ... Good Ole Boy #1
Peg Murray Peg Murray ... Della
Sherry Mathis Sherry Mathis ... June Ann
Roni Stoneman Hemrick Roni Stoneman Hemrick ... Ticket Lady
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Storyline

W.W. is a happy-go-lucky crook who makes his living robbing gas stations through the drive-up windows. The Dixie Dancekings are a country music band trying to get their first big break. W.W. crosses paths with the Dixie Dancekings when he hijacks their car (and them) to help him rob a bank. At first, the band resists. However, when they discover how much money they make, they begin helping out voluntarily in order to finance their big break. At the same time, W.W. takes a liking to them and uses his natural charm and smooth-talking ways to help them start down the road to stardom. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Taglines:

Big Bad Burt. After he sticks you up, you'll be sorry to see him go. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agrios kai atithasos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut acting role of Jerry Reed. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1957, but near the end of the movie James Hampton's character is reading a "Plastic Man" comic book from the 1960s (that specific Plastic Man DC comic was issued from 1966-1968) See more »

Quotes

June Ann: [Dixie and WW are in the back seat of a car at a Drive-in movie, where an Errol Flynn flick is playing; WW pops up to watch the screen] What's the matter? Are you queer or somethin'?
W.W. Bright: No, but if I was queer, that's
[pointing at Flynn]
W.W. Bright: who I'd be queer FOR.
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Connections

Features The Sun Also Rises (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Chicken Fat
(uncredited)
Composed by Mel Brown
Performed by Dave Grusin
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User Reviews

 
He's a mixture of manure and sincerity...just don't call him a Communist!
10 November 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Director John G. Avildsen fit this low-keyed comedy in between his "Save the Tiger" and "Rocky" ("Tiger" screenwriter, Steve Shagan, served as executive producer here). It's a Robin Hood-styled anti-hero story with musical asides and a distinct feeling for the south in the late-1950s (the nostalgia for the era isn't laid on with a trowel, and the evocative milieu is very loose and natural). Thomas Rickman's screenplay tries for originality in its characterization, though the movie's charms lie mainly in the impeccable casting, the filming locations, and in the colorful detail (Avildsen shows a gift for throwaway pleasures and minute, happy bits of business). Burt Reynolds, grinning up a storm, is on the run from the law after robbing a series of filling stations with a water pistol; he takes up with a traveling country-western band for a cover, but slowly begins to appreciate the friendships he makes there. Conny Van Dyke's Dixie, the band's singer-guitarist, is a marvelous creation (and the actress nearly upstages Reynolds in the bargain), however Art Carney's Deacon arrives too late (when interest in these adventures begins to flag). It isn't a terribly memorable (or even successful) picture, however there are moments scattered about that work a little ramshackle magic. ** from ****


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