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White Lightning

Cast as an expert auto driver doing time in a Southern state prison for running bootleg whiskey, Burt Reynolds makes a deal with US Treasury agents to help them trap a gang of bootleggers on income tax evasion. Pitch for his freedom to act as an undercover man is made after he learns that a sheriff on the take is the probable murderer of his brother.

Cast:
Burt Reynolds Jennifer Billingsley Ned Beatty Bo Hopkins Matt Clark Diane Ladd

Cast as an expert auto driver doing time in a Southern state prison for running bootleg whiskey, Burt Reynolds makes a deal with US Treasury agents to help them trap a gang of bootleggers on income tax evasion. Pitch for his freedom to act as an undercover man is made after he learns that a sheriff on the take is the probable murderer of his brother.

He’s helped by another undercover man (Matt Clark) and a daredevil driver (Bo Hopkins) from whom Reynolds proceeds to steal his gal (Jennifer Billingsley).

Joseph Sargent’s direction is particularly effective in the light and auto-chasing sequences, latter a field day for stunt drivers and occasionally incorporating humorous bits of biz. Reynolds is quite up to all the demands of his smashing role.

White Lightning

Production: United Artists. Director Joseph Sargent; Producer Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy; Screenplay William Norton; Camera Edward Rosson; Editor George Nicholson; Music Charles Bernstein; Art Director [uncredited]

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Burt Reynolds Jennifer Billingsley Ned Beatty Bo Hopkins Matt Clark Diane Ladd

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