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Gator (1976)

Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

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Burt Reynolds

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Gator McKlusky
Jack Weston ... Irving Greenfield
Lauren Hutton ... Aggie Maybank
Jerry Reed ... Bama McCall
Alice Ghostley ... Emmeline Cavanaugh
Dub Taylor ... Mayor Caffrey
Mike Douglas ... The Governor
Burton Gilliam ... Smiley
William Engesser William Engesser ... Bones
John Steadman ... Ned McKlusky
Lori Futch Lori Futch ... Suzie McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield Stephanie Burchfield ... Young Girl
Dudley Remus Dudley Remus ... Deputy Pogie, Dunston PD
Alex Hawkins Alex Hawkins ... Police Chief
J. Don Ferguson ... Bartender (as Don Ferguson)
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Storyline

Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

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Meet the Bayou's baddest good ol' boy. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1976 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Gator See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Levy-Gardner-Laven See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Hey, Country Boy
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12 August 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Gator (1976)

** (out of 4)

Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) is asked by the Federal government to help them track down and get evidence on Bama McCall (Jerry Reed), a bad man doing bad things and not paying taxes so it's the one way to bust him. The only thing is that Gator and Bama used to be good friends.

This sequel to WHITE LIGHTNING was the directing debut for Reynolds and for the most part it's a mildly entertaining movie, although there's no question that it falls well short of the entertainment value of the first. There's basically one major problem with this sequel and that's the fact that it's pretty much like every other "chase" picture that came before it. It's almost as if the writer had a checklist he went down to make sure everything you'd expect from a picture like this was here.

This film does offer up some nice performances, which certainly help the extended running time. Reynolds is pretty much playing that lovable "good ol' boy" and he was certainly a pro at that. He manages to make the Gator character a fun one and one that you could root for. Lauren Hutton is good as the love interest and Jack Weston really stands out in his role as the agent. Jerry Reed also deserves a lot of credit for his turn as the bad guy as he actually made for a good and menacing villain. And yeah, he sings the pretty good title song as well.

The problem with GATOR is that it's pretty much a "been there, done that" type of movie as everything we're seeing is something we've seen countless times before and there's just nothing fresh here. Reynolds direction is good but there's nothing overly great about any of it. I'd also argue that there's not as much comedy that works here. With that said, there are some good stunt work and especially towards the end with a certain jump onto the beach.


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