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Thunder and Lightning (1977)

A young man who hauls liquor for moonshiners comes up against a competing gang of moonshiners who intend to get rid of him and take over his operation.

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Complete credited cast:
... Hobe Carpenter
... Taylor
... Jim Bob
... Jake Summers
... Bubba
... Harley Thomas
... Nancy Sue Hunnicutt
... Ralph Junior Hunnicutt
Hope Pomerance ... Mrs. Hunnicutt
... Rudi Volpone (as Ed Barth)
Malcolm Jones ... Rainey
... Bartender
Christopher Raynolds ... Scooter
... Carl (as Claude Jones)
Emilio Rivera ... Honeydew Driver
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A young man who hauls liquor for moonshiners comes up against a competing gang of moonshiners who intend to get rid of him and take over his operation.

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It's 250 proof fun! - as they bust up the biggest moonshine racket in the country.


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William Hjortsberg

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12 August 1977 (West Germany)  »

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Hog Heaven  »

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The concept of the movie originated from Frances Doel, after reading the 1973 novel Alp by William Hjortsberg, contacted him at his Montana home and she came up with the idea of a movie about two women and a robber on the run called Three's Company. Hjortsberg objected to the idea saying nobody would watch a movie like that. He made an agreement with Doel that he could write a moonshine car chase comedy and he wrote the script, all with assistance from Doel over the phone. See more »

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Cases of bottles fall out of the rear of the truck, during the final chase. After the chase, when the delivery truck stops, those drink cases are still stacked up in the truck. See more »

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[After getting thrown to the ground by Harley Thomas]
Jim Bob: Knock off the Kung-Fu shit!
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Referenced in Avalanche (1978) See more »

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Too Much Good Ol Boys and Too Much "Yahoo"
9 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

2 out of 10

Contrived good ol' boy, yahoo nonsense that is taken into overdrive. There really is no need to talk about the story since it is very derivative and just an excuse to put in a lot of smash up car chases.

The filmmakers seem compelled to come up with every southern stereotype they can think of. There is the grizzled, uneducated, overall wearing, backwoods moonshiners. There is also the grubby, beer swilling, uneducated, pick up truck driving rednecks with names like Bubba and Scooter. Then there's the virtuous, but spunky southern daughter with a accent that is really annoying. There is even a scene where a couple of down home boys jump into a car and shout "yahoo!" as it takes off. It's all a very one dimensional, uninspired mess that makes you feel completely brain dead after about ten minutes.

The production values aren't too good. The sound is muffled and there are too many quick cuts making some of the action hard to follow. The whole thing looks rushed and haphazard and simply done to cash in on the success of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT.

Carradine's performance is much too subdued. He seems to have no energy and is just mouthing his lines. Jackson is pretty, but her personality is much too strong. The only fun piece of casting is Holloway. He plays the main moonshiner and is probably best known as the voice of Winnie the Pooh. This was to be his last film appearance.

The film has a few good moments that are worth mentioning. One is a unique speed boat chase done on a large swamp. There is a segment where a minister preaches his sermon while wrestling with a alligator. There are also hit men who like in PULP FICTION have unusual conversations. Some of the strange topics include too much violence on TV, Captain Kangaroo, and even Norman Vincent Peale. There is also one really good inside joke. Napier is having a fight with Carradine and yells out "Hey as----- knock off the Kung Fu sh--."


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