Review: ‘Gator’

This follow-up to White Lightning never takes itself seriously, veering as it does through many incompatible dramatic and violent moods for nearly two hours.

This follow-up to White Lightning never takes itself seriously, veering as it does through many incompatible dramatic and violent moods for nearly two hours.

William Norton’s coloring books script picks up Burt Reynolds’ Gator McKlusky character, now on parole from moonshining time. State governor Mike Douglas can’t realize political ambitions until a notorious back-water county, run by crime czar Jerry Reed, gets cleaned up.

Enter Jack Weston as Dept of Justice undercover agent, who (somewhat unclearly) blackmails Reynolds into working against old pal Reed.

Reynolds clearly was shot down as a director by the story structure which also works to defeat much of the time even his screen charisma and credibility.

Gator

Production

United Artists. Director Burt Reynolds; Producer Jules Levy, Arthur Gardner; Screenplay William Norton; Camera William A. Fraker; Editor Harold F. Kress; Music Charles Bernstein; Art Director Kirk Axtell

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Burt Reynolds Jack Weston Lauren Hutton Jerry Reed Alice Ghostley Dub Taylor
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