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24 August 2009

White Lightning

directed by Joseph Sargent

Nobody does the sweaty, side burned, barely buttoned shirt thing better than Burt Reynolds in the 1970’s. And he brought his A-game to this driving classic in which he plays Gator McKlusky, a moonshine runner fresh out of the joint and bent on getting the crooked sheriff who killed his little brother. With the help of a federally suped up ride and a snitch mechanic, Gator tear-asses through Arkansas with revenge on his mind and shine in his trunk. Reynolds and Beatty get on like old enemies, sharing the screen for the first time since their turns in the legendary Deliverance. Top marks to Buddy Joe Hooker, driving extraordinaire responsible for much of the chase scenes and the amazing ending sequence (Burt only leaned against that car because he believed in Hooker’s driving chops). For more of Hooker’s automotive expertise, check out Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (the no CGI doctored, just balls out driving car chase sequences will knock you on your ass!).

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