W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings

Film, Comedy
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Reynolds at his best as a hillbilly conman (he robs gas stations with a water-pistol in hopefully swashbuckling imitation of his idol Errol Flynn) who finds himself steering a minor-league bunch of musicians to stardom in a Nashville considerably sleazier than Altman's. Quirky Deep South locations, fine '50s atmosphere (back street bars full of young hopefuls imitating Elvis), a wonderful interlude in which Furry Lewis sings 'Dirty Car Blues'. With all faults (chiefly Art Carney as a tiresome lawman-cum-hellfire preacher), a refreshingly irrepressible movie.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John G Avildsen
Screenwriter: Thomas Rickman
Cast: Burt Reynolds
Art Carney
Conny Van Dyke
Jerry Reed
Ned Beatty
Richard D Hurst
Don Williams
Furry Lewis

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Andrea L

A great film, if only because it is Jerry Reed's first movie role. It is easy to see why he was cast in further movies following this role, as he is natural, genuine, and entertaining. We can sympathise with his character Wayne all the way through, and enjoy his marvellous musical talent along with Don Williams. The rest of the supporting cast playing the other three band-members (the Dixie Dancekings - we are told very difinitely by Wayne "the Dancekings is MY band") very well. I'm sure everyone will like Wayne, Junior, Butterball, Leroy and even Dixie, though we may feel sorry for Wayne when his girl Dixie changes her alliance to WW (Burt Reynolds). There is little else to say, other than the fact that this is a typical 1970s Burt Reynolds film. Also look out for cameos from Mel Tillis and many other familiar southern faces.