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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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Corey Allen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Holloway ... Hobe Carpenter
Patrick Cranshaw ... Taylor
Charles Napier ... Jim Bob
George Murdock ... Jake Summers
Ron Feinberg ... Bubba
David Carradine ... Harley Thomas
Kate Jackson ... Nancy Sue Hunnicutt
Roger C. Carmel ... Ralph Junior Hunnicutt
Hope Pomerance Hope Pomerance ... Mrs. Hunnicutt
Eddie Barth ... Rudi Volpone (as Ed Barth)
Malcolm Jones Malcolm Jones ... Rainey
Charles Willeford ... Bartender
Christopher Raynolds Christopher Raynolds ... Scooter
Claude Earl Jones ... Carl (as Claude Jones)
Emilio Rivera Emilio Rivera ... Honeydew Driver
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

12 August 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hog Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Woodland Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,758,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Harley's air boat runs across the road and is nearly hit by the Buick Skylark the car stops at a slight angle on the road. When the second air boat follows him the Buick is now at a much more pronounced angle to the road, even having the rear tire off the pavement. See more »

Quotes

Roadside motorist: [thinking there is an accident on the road] Oh, my god. Are you guys in some kind of accident?
Carl: No, but you might.
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Referenced in Swinging Safari (2018) See more »

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Doesn't have the commercial appeal of "Smokey and the Bandit", though the leads are game...
3 June 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fatuous, witless, disappointing Southern moonshine adventure, with Kate Jackson as the daughter of a soda pop king and manufacturer of poisoned whiskey; she and thrill-seeking boyfriend David Carradine attempt to stop of shipment of the bad booze but run afoul of both the law and the moonshiner's shotgun-toting stooges. The redneck histrionics are shrill and labored, and the comedy relief is rather obvious (one of the better scenes has two hired killers bemoaning all the violence on TV, though it doesn't have the punch that better writing and directing might have given it). There are car crashes galore, two geezer brothers making whiskey in a swamp-land shack, an alligator wrasslin' preacher, and an ear-splitting soundtrack filled with hick music and squealing tires. Jackson and Carradine aren't bad, but they have next to nothing to work with; supporting cast includes some fine character actors, including a bearded, shaggy-haired Charles Napier, but they get stuck playing unfunny goons. Some of the best lines are delivered by the bit players, such as a garbage collector who points when he talks and a foreign delivery man who sings to himself on the job. *1/2 from ****


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