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White Lightnin' (2009)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 25 September 2009 (UK)
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Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, where every man owns a gun and a moonshine still, abides living legend Jesco White, "the dancing outlaw". As a boy Jesco was... See full summary »

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Dominic Murphy

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Eddy Moretti, Dominic Murphy (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Muse Watson ... D. Ray White
Carrie Fisher ... Cilla
Wallace Merck ... Edgar Hudd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephanie Astalos-Jones ... Birty Mae
Kirk Bovill ... Long
Owen Campbell ... Young Jesco
Edward Hogg ... Jesco White
Stephen Lester Stephen Lester ... Doctor
Steve Nicolson Steve Nicolson ... Vernon
Damian Samuels ... MC
Clay Steakley ... Reilly
Allison Varnes Allison Varnes ... Teenage Clerk
Raymond Waring ... Davey
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Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, where every man owns a gun and a moonshine still, abides living legend Jesco White, "the dancing outlaw". As a boy Jesco was in and out of reform school and the insane asylum. To keep him out of trouble, his daddy D-Ray taught him the art of mountain dancing, a frenzied version of tap dancing to wild country banjo music. After his father's death, crazy Jesco dons his father's tap shoes and takes his show on the road. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sa-eghe e Sefid See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Long: You ain't right. You crazy hillbilly fuck!
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Wildwood Flower
Performed by The Carter Family
Written by A.P. Carter
©1935 by Peer International Corporation (BMI)
(P)1961 SONY BMG Music Entertainment Inc.
Licensed courtesy of SONY BMG Commercial Sales (UK)
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A visionary work presenting backwoods madness!
11 May 2010 | by danjuscarSee all my reviews

White lightnin' is a work which exudes originality. That first and foremost must be said from this reviewer who is personally tired of the vapid humdrum which is usually churned out by Hollywood on a regular basis. Watching this film, I felt contented that there are still filmmakers out there who display boundary pushing ingenuity in there craft and who are not afraid to disturb the living hell out of you. Dominic Murphy has showed that he is one such director capable of telling you gut wrenching stories without descending into the usual path of incoherence in which so many of these types of films do. White Lightnin' is a film in which the plot never once lost focus of telling the story of the mountain dancing, gas huffing Jesco White. And while the violence, as my previous reviewer noted, is gratuitous and revolting, I never once felt it was incongruous or irrelevant with the story trying to be told. It is also of importance to note that viewing WL is like peering through a window into the destitute "white trash" culture of the poverty-stricken Appalachia. A way of life not assiduously examined through the medium of film. This in part presents the film with a particular boldness that was exhilarating to view.


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