Dancing Outlaw (1991)





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Originally produced for West Virginia Public Television in association with the BBC, this hour-long documentary offers the intriguing subject of West Virginia resident Jesco White, known and loved by many by his more common persona, "The Dancing Outlaw." Struggling to overcome drug addiction, criminal instincts, and mental instability while simultaneously attempting to live up to his father's reputation as the best dancer in all of Appalachia, viewers join White as he taps his way though life. Followed by the sequel Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood.
Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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Madness in the form of a backwoods redneck who wears tap shoes. This short documentary tells us the story of mountain dancer Jesco White in all his batshit insane glory. He huffs gasoline, threatens to kill his wife over badly cooked eggs, tells us the horrific story of watching his father get shot to death, and tap dances all over his home town of Boone County West Virgina. The most ungodly looking place I've ever seen. Although a true story, it's as surreal as any Dali painting or David Lynch film. An honest, heartbreaking and hilarious look into the life of man who lives with no qualms about who he is. A trashy ignorant hillbilly who can tap dance like no other. And for that he's brilliant.

Philip  LoPresti
Philip LoPresti

Totally nuts and a total hoot

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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Quite the motley crew of characters. Too bad the show is only 28 mins.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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