• White Lightning (1973)

White Lightning

Release Date: 1973

DVD Release Date: July 15th, 2003

PG |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

Easygoing Arkansas good ol' boy Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) is serving his second federal prison sentence for running moonshine when he learns his straight-arrow college graduate brother and his girlfriend have been murdered. Eager to take down corrupt county sheriff J.C. Connors (Ned Beatty), whom he suspects is behind his brother's death, Gator agrees to a federal attorney's deal that releases him from prison to infiltrate Connors' underground booze-running business.

Cast: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, Matt Clark, Louise Latham, Diane Ladd, R. G. Armstrong

Director: Joseph Sargent

Genres: Action

Production Co: Levy-Gardner-Laven

Keywords: Quest, Revenge, 1970s, Murder, Pursuit, Prison, Small town

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    The New York Times

    A fairly awful movie that keeps producing good things—scenes, performances, moments of insight—that seem connected to better ideas than anything suggested in the film's larger intentions. show more

  • 70
    Variety

    Joseph Sargent’s direction is particularly effective in the light and auto-chasing sequences, latter a field day for stunt drivers and occasionally incorporating humorous bits of biz. Reynolds is quite up to all the demands of his smashing role. show more

  • 50
    Time Out

    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. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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