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White Lightning

An example of what can go wrong with a movie. Ned Beatty as the corrupt Southern sheriff who drowns two long-hairs in a backwater; the down-home photography; the minor characters who bootleg whisky - they all make it look as if the film has something to say. But with Burt Reynolds, playing it light though all out for revenge as the brother of one of the dead boys, everything becomes one long car chase, and in the end it's just a matter of the fat bald bully getting his comeuppance at the hands of the not-so-fat toupeed hero. Reynolds returned to the character in Gator three years later.

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph Sargent
Screenwriter: William Norton
Cast: Burt Reynolds
Jennifer Billingsley
Ned Beatty
Bo Hopkins
Matt Clark
Louise Latham
Diane Ladd
RG Armstrong

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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