White Lightning (1973)




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When the police pick up Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) for running moonshine, they agree to let him out of jail if he will help them capture the key figures in his moonshine operation. Since the suspected ring leader is the man who killed Gator's little brother, he agrees to help out the cops to get himself out of prison and get his revenge. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi
PG (N/A)
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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United Artists

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Burt Reynolds
as Gator McKlusky
Ned Beatty
as Sheriff Connors
Bo Hopkins
as Boy Boone
Matt Clark
as Dude Watson
Louise Latham
as Martha Culpepper
Diane Ladd
as Maggie
R.G. Armstrong
as Big Bear
Conlan Carter
as Deputy
Dabbs Greer
as Pa McKlusky
Lincoln Demyan
as Supt. Simms
John Steadman
as Skeeter
Iris Korn
as Ma McKlusky
Barbara Muller
as Louella
Martin Fay
as Sister Linda Fay
Richard Allin
as Treasury Agent
Bill Bond
as Treasury Agent
Glenn Wilder
as Junior
Dick Ziker
as Highway Patrolman
Buddy Joe Hooker
as Highway Patrolman
Kathy Finley
as Student
Sherry Boucher
as Sherry Lynn
Laura Dern
as Maggie's daughter
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Critic Reviews for White Lightning

All Critics (6)

Shot through with radiant natural light and Reynolds's scalawag grin

Full Review… | October 20, 2010

The film has plenty of rip-roaring car chases (Hal Needham was the stunt coordinator), but it also has genuine emotion, in the pain and anger the hero feels over the loss of his brother and in the incidental reactions and attitudes of almost every support

June 15, 2007

Burt, moonshine, car chases. What's not to like?

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

The quintessential "good ol' boy" picture.

August 17, 2001

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August 11, 2005

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July 8, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for White Lightning


Burt is awesome as moonshiner Gator McKluskey who gets released early from prison in exchange for helping the law take down a crooked sheriff who killed his brother. A fun, sweaty tale set in the South of the 70's, this makes for a nice capsule of the era and Reynolds at his most charming and charismatic. Rental for sure.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

White Lightning may not have aged well in the past 40 odd years, but in some ways, that's part of the charm. The start of the Burt Reynolds' "Hick Flick" run, and it has to be noted for that.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


Both a hoot and a holler!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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