Gator (1976)



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Having created the character of Gator McKlusky in 1973's White Lightning, Burt Reynolds reprises the role in the appropriately titled Gator. Once again, ex-convict McKluskey is strong-armed into helping the feds nab a dangerous criminal, who turns out to be an old high-school chum (Jerry Reed). He is aided and abetted by TV reporter Aggie Maybank (Lauren Hutton) and comedy-relief FBI agent Irving Greenfield (Jack Weston). Talk-show host Mike Douglas makes his film debut as a Jimmy Carter-style governor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Burt Reynolds
as Gator McKlusky
Jack Weston
as Irving Greenfield
Lauren Hutton
as Aggie Maybank
Jerry Reed
as Bama McCall
Alice Ghostley
as Emmeline Cavanaugh
Dub Taylor
as Mayor Caffrey
Mike Douglas
as Governor
John Steadman
as Ned McKlusky
Lori Futch
as Suzie McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield
as Teenage Addict
Bob Yeager
as Man In Hospital
Alex Hawkins
as Police Chief
Patrick Moody
as Young Policeman
Jim Burk
as Sheriff
Dick Ziker
as Deputy
Paul Hansen
as 2nd Policeman
Robert Smith (XIV)
as 4th Policeman
Charles Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Norman Evans
as Helicopter Co-pilot
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Critic Reviews for Gator

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Structurally, Gator is a bit of a mess, largely because of the civilizing and romantic influence Reynolds has brought to the randy domain of the redneck action film.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It never quite connects, even though a summary of its key scenes is like a laundry list of action-'n'-romance cliches.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Good-ol'-boy humor is my least favorite form of masculine love-antagonism in the cinema, but even a generous-minded peckerwood ought to weary rapidly of the snorting, yokking, hooting interplay...

Dec 17, 2011 | Full Review…

the film's pace is deadly slow and aimless

Jul 21, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

Yahoo! It's Burn (again) in a fast car!

Jun 15, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Gator

"Even though it's the sequel, I think it's actually the stronger of the two films."

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

I haven't even seen the original "White Lighting" and I don't think I'll bother now. There were no redeeming qualities in this film. A few great boat jumping stunts, using visible stunt doubles, was not enough.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

I like Burt Reynolds. Sue me.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer


Three years after the hixploitation moonshining classic "White Lightning", Burt Reynolds's again portrayed Gator McKlusky in "Gator", but this time he was behind the camera as well in his directorial debut. Anyway, this time around Gator has just been released from federal prison for moonshining when he is asked to help the police nab a crooked politician. Although not as good as "White Lightning", "Gator" is still a fun little film none the less. First off, Reynolds's is excellent in his role, he give a cool and calm performance that makes Gator a pretty easy hero to root for while watching this film. In addition the car chases are pretty sweet and exiting. I also thought Jerry Reed gave a excellent and slimy performance as the crooked Bama McCall. Now, as I said before "Gator" is not as good as "White Lightning" and certainly has its flaws. For one thing, the run time of just under two hours was a bit much and therefore the movie drags here and there, especially towards the end. Secondly and this is a big problem for me, the DVD is in full screen until for some odd reason it switches to wide screen format for the closing credits. That's a real shame because this movie was made to be shown in widescreen as the closing credits demonstrate. Despite those flaws though, "Gator" is still none the less an enjoyable film if not essential viewing.

David Ladd
David Ladd

Super Reviewer

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