Gator

A sequel to the thick-eared White Lightning, this offers marginal interest as Burt Reynolds' directorial debut. The plot is formula pulp - Reynolds is blackmailed into exposing a former buddy, now a big-shot Southern crook - but it takes far too long to tell. Much of the two hours rather quaintly concerns Reynolds' star image. After a tongue-in-cheek he-man opening, and between further bouts of action, things dawdle to a standstill while Reynolds projects his sensitivity, lazy singalong good nature, and old-fashioned romanticism; he even expresses doubts about his 'style' and inability to cope with independent women. Too much of this is tedious, rather like off-cuts from his recent movies, but the reasonable photography and good action material help. Country singer Jerry Reed makes a good heavy, and when Reynolds keeps it simple, his direction suggests the makings of a modest craftsman.

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Burt Reynolds
Screenwriter: William Norton
Cast: Burt Reynolds
Jack Weston
Lauren Hutton
Jerry Reed
Alice Ghostley
Dub Taylor
Mike Douglas

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Andrea L

The other review here describes all aspects of this film more than adequately. I will only add that Jerry Reed's performance is brilliant; it is chilling, he makes you uncomfortable, he is pure evil, yet you find yourself hoping until quite a way through that he may repent, or that we may find some redeeming feature in him that will atone for all his horrible dealings. He is truly nasty, however, being involved in irredeemable things, including teenage prostitution, but, as he is the best thing in this movie and the one constant, while the style moves around from heavy to comedy to typical Burt Reynolds-70s-style all his own, it is a disappointment when he is finally destroyed. Yet another fine performance from underrated but enormously talented (even when you take away his massive musical genius and legacy) actor. It is a shame that the rest of the film does not do him justice. Do tune in, though, as he will not disappoint.

Andrea L

The other review here describes all aspects of this film more than adequately. I will only add that Jerry Reed's performance is brilliant; it is chilling, he makes you uncomfortable, he is pure evil, yet you find yourself hoping until quite a way through that he may repent, or that we may find some redeeming feature in him that will atone for all his horrible dealings. He is truly nasty, however, being involved in irredeemable things, including teenage prostitution, but, as he is the best thing in this movie and the one constant, while the style moves around from heavy to comedy to typical Burt Reynolds-70s-style all his own, it is a disappointment when he is finally destroyed. Yet another fine performance from underrated but enormously talented (even when you take away his massive musical genius and legacy) actor. It is a shame that the rest of the film does not do him justice. Do tune in, though, as he will not disappoint.