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The Moonshine War (1970)

The Moonshine War





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In this comedy drama set during the late Prohibition era, a federal agent attempts to make some real money before the alcohol ban is lifted. He sets his sights on the whiskey cache of an old army buddy, but just before they strike a deal, two ex-convicts frighten the buddy away. The creeps then murder the town sheriff and his deputy and begin looking to get a hold of the moonshine. The agent decides to help his friend defeat the thugs. One of the crooks ends up killing the agent and taking four locals hostage. In exchange for their lives, he wants all the whiskey. The moonshiner acquiesces and tells him that the booze is stashed in a graveyard. The greedy crook races off and begins digging. Unfortunately instead of hooch, he finds dynamite and blows himself up. To celebrate his death and the end of Prohibition, the town decides to have a blow-out of their own. Naturally the buddy provides the booze.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Elmore Leonard
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Richard Widmark
as Dr. Taulbee
Patrick McGoohan
as Frank Long
Alan Alda
as Son Martin
Lee Hazlewood
as Dual Metters
Will Geer
as Sheriff Baylor
Melodie Johnson
as Lizann Simpson
Suzanne Zenor
as Miley Mitchell
Max Showalter
as Mr. Worthman
Harry Carey Jr.
as Arley Stamper
Richard Peabody
as Boyd Caswell
Charles Tyner
as McClendon
Teri Garr
as Tourist's Wife
John Schuck
as E. J. Royce
Tom Nolan
as Lowell
Bo Hopkins
as Bud Blackwell
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All Critics (2)

An amiable but tedious mix of comedy and drama.

Full Review… | March 13, 2011
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March 11, 2013

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