She tells him that due to the recognition she received for her reporting about the Dunston County events, she's been offered an interview in with a news organization in New York. Advertisement The villain is , the country-and-western singer, who runs a protection racket and has the whole county in his back pocket. His bootlegging plans are cut short, however, when a federal agent tells McKlusky that he will lose custody of his 9-year-old daughter unless he helps bring down local crime lord Bama McCall. They manage to escape with the bound volumes of records, and get away in a patrol car which was inadvertently left with the keys inside. So when a big city revenuer asks for Gator's help, what choice does he have? Gator then confronts Bama, now defenseless without his bodyguard or his shotgun. Knowing that Gator is an old friend of McCall's, Greenfield proposes picking him up and coercing him into working with the agents to gather tax-evasion evidence against McCall. Burt is often seen shifting the car, then getting out of what is supposed to be the same car after putting it in Park on the steering column.
He kills Greenfield with a sawed-off shotgun and sets the house and all the tax records on fire. Within moments, Bama McCall, who has been informed by the police about the stolen records and has surmised where the group might be hiding, arrives at the beach house. It was sitting on black steel wheels with Wide Runner Polyglas tires produced by Cooper Tire. New York Times15 Jan 1978: D11. Later, Gator witnesses firsthand McCall's racket operation, which consists of business owners being forced to either pay monthly protection fees, or run the risk of being beaten, killed, or having their businesses destroyed by McCall. Gator, anticipating that McCall is not going to honor the deal, booby-traps the motel room, and waits outside in hiding.
The nameplate ran through the 1974 model year, with the Custom 500 simply denoting a slightly higher trim package than the base models. Then, they asked me if I wanted to direct? Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. At chase speeds, he no doubt gets a lot of bugs in his teeth, and he has to watch the clearance in parking garages. It contains a a chase through the mango swamps featuring boats and a helicopter; b several chases through town in which the hapless cops once again get their own squad car stolen from them; c our ol' friend the Semi-Obligatory Lyrical Interlude, in which Lauren Hutton and Burt Reynolds snuggle up real close and then run on the beach; d one tearful parting and one tearful reunion, and e a colorful villain with a weirdo sidekick. She tries to interview him about what she's heard, but he refuses to talk to her even though he is clearly attracted to her. And I don't mean that to sound like a stupid thing coming from an actor. Reynolds plays a two-time loser who joins forces with the law so that his Pappy won't have to go on welfare and his darlin' little 9-year-old daughter won't be shipped to a foster home.
You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. The United Artists release never takes itself seriously, veering as it does through many incompatible dramatic and violent moods for nearly two hours. The new Thunderjet produced 360 hp in its dual exhaust four-barrel setup. The name was meant to allow Ford to take advantage of the Space Race. And I also realize and know some actors need to be coerced, some have to be kissed, some have to be driven, some have to be spoiled, some have to be yelled at, and you can't treat them all the same. After picking up Greenfield at the hospital, they make their way to a beach house belonging to relatives of Aggie's.
Gator winds up feeling compassion for the businesspeople and doesn't agree with McCall's strong-arm tactics. Initially there were six models in the group, all of which were upscale versions of the Ford Fairlane. Gator McClusky's '71 Ford Moonshine-Hauler The 1973 movie White Lightening starred Burt Reynolds and a ton of cars. Check out our on the subject. If only it had a Good Ol' Plot worth a damn, it might have even been a halfway tolerable ol' movie. McCall arrives with one of his henchmen, and sends the man to the motel room to kill Gator, but the henchman dies in the resulting explosion.
Connors uncredited Reynolds honored his favorite professor from , , with a cameo role in the film — casting him as the Governor's press secretary. Eventually, McCall receives a phone call back from the police officer who was checking up on Gator. October 2018 Following the events of White Lightning, Gator McKlusky has just been released from prison and is living in the with his father and daughter. If only it had a Good Ol' Plot worth a damn, it might have even been a halfway tolerable ol' movie. One those terms it will probably work well enough; it is fast and splashy pulp stuff, coming as near as the movies get to Dime Adventure. Finally, Gator is cornered and, under threat of prison for himself and a foster home for his daughter, agrees to cooperate with the agents. The corrupt police officer, having found out that Gator and Greenfield are working against McCall, passes the word along to McCall's henchmen, who attack and beat Greenfield as he leaves the bar, landing him in the hospital.
Not too many Good Ol' Boys have ever heard of bagels, but Reynolds has spent a lot of time on talk shows and has picked up cross-cultural references. Please by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. Can he get the girl and the goon? Still determined to get a story, Aggie Maybank finds out that Greenfield is in the hospital and, attempting to visit him, runs into Gator in the hallway. One can see it in his glum, detached performance as well as feel it in the aimless, miscalculated turns the story takes. McCall's henchman attempts to haul Emmeline out of the house, but she escapes and runs back inside to rescue one of her cats, and also dies in the fire.
In 1969, the Galaxie underwent a remodeling that lasted through the end of production. They fall in love in a cinematic tribute to the biggest 1940s romantic cliche: Their eyes meet and lock, they exchange tremulous close-ups, the background dialog fades away, music plays. In New York, a federal agent named Irving Greenfield is conferring with the governor of Georgia about problems in the fictional county of Dunston, which has been taken over by a corrupt racketeer named Bama McCall. He's so tall that he has to drive a car with a sunroof, so he can roll back the sunroof and sit with his head sticking through the top of the car. Under cover of darkness, the three sneak into the courthouse using Emmeline's stolen keys, and with her two cats in tow and into a basement room where they start gathering evidence. Replacing these engines was the 429 cu.
The sidekick is named Bones and is played by a man named William Engesser, who looks as if all his width went into height. The car that Burt Reynolds spent the most time behind the wheel of was a brown 1971 Custom 500 four-door sedan with a blue interior. And I said 'It's a wonderful script'. He looks mean enough to chew up Waylon Jennings and spit him out, and that ain't nothing compared to his sidekick. After his release from prison, notorious ex-con and moonshine distiller Gator McKlusky Burt Reynolds moves in with his father in a cabin in the Okefenokee Swamp. McKlusky enlists the help of reporter Aggie Maybank Lauren Hutton and a few local eccentrics to bring down McCall's empire. He's teamed up with Weston, the New York cop, who is supposed to be undercover but sticks out, as Reynolds observes, like a bagel in a bowl of grits.