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White Lightning (1973)

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writer:

William W. Norton (as William Norton)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Bobby 'Gator' McKlusky
Jennifer Billingsley ... Lou
Ned Beatty ... Sheriff J.C. Connors
Bo Hopkins ... Roy Boone
Matt Clark ... Dude Watson
Louise Latham ... Martha Culpepper
Diane Ladd ... Maggie (as Diane Lad)
R.G. Armstrong ... Big Bear
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Deputy
Dabbs Greer ... Pa McKlusky
Lincoln Demyan ... Warden
John Steadman ... Skeeter
Iris Korn Iris Korn ... Ma McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield Stephanie Burchfield ... Jenny
Barbara Muller Barbara Muller ... Louella
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WHITE LIGHTNING never strikes twice - 'cause once is enough! See more »

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Trivia

The I-30 Speedway was used at the Benton Speedway. This speedway is actually just over in Pulaski County (Little Rock, AR)) from Saline County, where Benton is actually located. See more »

Goofs

The rear projection footage of traffic in Gator's rear window doesn't move, while the two sisters holding onto his car door are slowly walking to keep up with the car moving. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Connors: Communism, Harvey, that's what it is. That's plain and simple. That is plain as the nose on your face. The Communists! That's what he says: "Destroy from the inside."
Harvey: What are you gonna' do?
Sheriff Connors: [pauses to consider] I'm gonna' get mean, Harvey.
Harvey: You don't understand. It can't be the way it was. It cannot be the way it was, J.C. Understand it!
Sheriff Connors: Harvey, don't you know there are times that your learned opinion is about as useless as tits on a boar hog?
[walks out of the room]
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Crazy Credits

Diane Ladd's name is misspelled as DIANE LAD in the opening and closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Way Down Under
Composed by Charles Bernstein
Performed by Jerry Whitman
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What Burt Reynolds Should Have Been
29 October 2003 | by webmaster-49See all my reviews

Some people renting this expecting "Gator" style silliness are probably in for a surprise. This movie had a lot more of a "Deliverence" feeling than I expected, and felt authentic to the South of the 1970s. Ok, I wasn't there at the time, so it could be completely wrong. But it was convincing.

This is what Reynolds could have been--a middleweight serious Southern Action actor, like a cornpone Marlon Brando. There's just enough meat on the script to get the old mental wheels turning, and just enough action that it doesn't turn into one of those boring intellectual films about the Bad Ol' South. All in all, a good, interesting, tight movie.

Of course, it unfortunately led to "Gator" -- a bloated mess -- a few years later. Watching them back to back, it's pathetic to watch how Reynolds declined into a buffoon. As he showed in Boogie Nights, he's quite capable of playing serious dramatic roles. Too bad he didn't follow through on the promise of White Lightning, but I'm sure the $$$ were better for the garbage films he later made.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

McKlusky See more »

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Levy-Gardner-Laven See more »
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