The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981)

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A would-be Nashville star finds himself in hot water during a stay in Georgia in this drama based (very loosely) on the hit song of the same title. Travis Child (Dennis Quaid) is a country singer looking for his big break, crisscrossing the country playing honky-tonks with his younger sister (and manager), Amanda (Kristy McNichol), in tow. Travis has a bad habit of drinking too much and putting the moves on the wrong women, leaving tough-as-nails Amanda to bail him out. One night Travis runs afoul of Seth Ames (Don Stroud), the sheriff of a small Georgia town who isn't against using his fists to teach lawbreakers a lesson; thanks to Ames, Travis ends up behind bars, but Amanda is able to persuade a sympathetic state trooper, Conrad (Mark Hamill), to help raise bail. In exchange, Travis has to work off his debt as a bartender at a local watering hole (where he hopes he might get to play a few tunes for the customers), and between drawing beers and pouring shots, he meets a beautiful local girl amed Melody (Sunny Johnson). However, as romance begins to bloom between them, Travis find himself in trouble again when he discovers Melody already has a boyfriend -- Seth Ames. Both Dennis Quaid and Kristy McNichol do their own singing in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, with Quaid also writing several of his character's tunes.
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
Trans World Entertainment

Cast

Kristy McNichol
as Amanda Child
Dennis Quaid
as Travis Child
Mark Hamill
as Conrad
Don Stroud
as Seth Ames
Sunny Johnson
as Melody
Barry Corbin
as Wimbish
Lulu McNichol
as Boogie Woogie
Royce Clark
as Luther
Dr. Marilyn Hickey
as Woman on Bus
Ellen Saland
as Nellie
S. Victoria Marlowe
as Woman with Hawkins
Fred Covington
as Man in Jail
Ralph Pace
as Judge
Nikola Colton
as Court Officer
Harry Wilcox
as Norman
Rita Teeter
as Fat Woman
Lisa Riblet
as Luther's Daughter
Lit Connah
as Elderly Woman
Elsie Sligh
as Elderly Woman
Charles Franzen
as Bus Driver
Terry Beaver
as Sheriff
Anne Haney
as Waitress
Joan Riordan
as Barmaid
Ron Maxwell
as Policeman
Debbie Strudas
as Luther's Daughter
Anita Haynes
as Woman at Bar
Danny Nelson
as Fan #1
R.P. Noren
as Fan #2
Michael Massey
as Pool Player
Linda Stephens
as Woman at Andy's
Allison Keith
as Musician at Andy's
Jim Stabile
as Musician at Andy's
Scott MacLellan
as Musician at Andy's
Kirk Johnson
as Musician at Andy's
John Edson
as Customer at Andy's
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Critic Reviews for The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

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The Night the Lights Went Off in Georgia offers a rousing glimpse of life in a small Southern town.

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

A cool film, this classic 1981 movie really has class. Kristy McNichol, Dennis Quaid, and Mark Hamill are awesome. Dennis Quaid stars as a country singer trying to make it big and Kristy McNichol as his sister who falls for a state trooper, played by the great Mark Hamill. The film also stars Don Stroud as a mean cop.

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