White Lightnin' (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

White Lightnin' (2009)




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The colorful subject of the popular underground documentary Dancing Outlaw finds his outlandish life story adapted for the big screen in this biopic penned by Vice Magazine's Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti (Heavy Metal Baghdad), and directed by UK commercial veteran Dominic Murphy. West Virginia native Jesco White was just six years old when he started huffing gasoline and lighter fluid to get high. As a troubled adolescent young Jesco bounced between work camps and reform schools until the day his father, famed mountain dancer D. Ray White, taught him how to tap dance. That skill would prove indispensable in helping Jesco keep his wicked ways in check after his father is murdered and the demons come knocking. Lacing up his father's tap shoes and taking his show on the road, Jesco (Edward Hogg) eventually meets Cilla (Carrie Fisher), the woman he will eventually call his wife. But even true love can't prevent Jesco from being split by the double-edged sword of revenge and redemption, and for the man who craves both there is truly no peace. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Ed Hogg
as Jesco White
Edward Hogg
as Jesco White
Muse Watson
as D. Ray White
Owen Campbell
as Young Jesco
Clay Steakley
as Reilly
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Critic Reviews for White Lightnin'

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

There's a crazy-dirty energy to White Lightnin' that's rarely seen in films, a raw beauty and awfulness that's both scary and exciting.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Detroit News
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This debut British feature weaves sundry biographical details into an awkward cross-hatch of oblique celluloid portrait and backwoods horror thriller.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Time Out
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Dominic Murphy's pseudo-biopic is as visually assured as it is audacious, but behind the slickly edited imagery, the debutant's storytelling is exposed by shallow characterisation.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Empire Magazine

From its bleakly comic beginning to its fire-and-brimstone ending, this artful trailer-trash quasi-biopic will set your heart pounding and your feet tapping.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

If you thought Deliverance was too subtle, too refined, too delicate, and that the hillbillies in it were far too much like characters from Jane Austen, then this is for you.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Seething with blighted fervour and over-ripe with religious wrath, the wild, elemental imagery generates something truly disturbing. With its strange religious overtones and inevitably fitful conclusion, White Lightnin' is elusive and bleak.

September 25, 2009
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for White Lightnin'

The early years entertaining,the middle years amussing and the last years bewildering....the end was unsatisfying

bill secor
bill secor

A demonic tragedy that is shot differently but mostly sloppily. Begins better then it ends and derails far from the true story.

Ryan Klinen
Ryan Klinen

By far the best crazy,tap dancing,hillbilly drug movie of all time. Crazy independent movie that my brother told me to watch. Not for everyone,but I liked it.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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