WHITE LIGHTNING
1973, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Sargent

In prison for running bootleg liquor, Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) is offered a deal by the feds - freedom in exchange for his assistance capturing key figures in the moonshine operation. Since suspected ring leader Sheriff J.C. Connors (Reynolds’ DELIVERANCE costar Ned Beatty) is also the man who killed Gator's little brother, Gator agrees to help and get revenge. With a solid cast (including Bo Hopkins, Diane Ladd and an uncredited Laura Dern) and a terrific climactic car chase, this is one of the best Southern-set action films of the 1970s.


SHARKY’S MACHINE
1981, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Burt Reynolds

This noir-esque adaptation of the William Diehl novel stars Burt Reynolds as Tom Sharky, an Atlanta vice cop who falls in love with a hooker (Rachel Ward) while trying to bring down an underworld kingpin (Vittorio Gassman). “Burt Reynolds establishes himself as yet another movie star who is as valuable behind the camera as he is in front of it. Mr. Reynolds's third and best directorial effort ... is an unexpectedly accomplished cop thriller.” - Janet Maslin, The New York Times.


GATOR
1976, Park Circus/MGM, 115 min, USA, Dir: Burt Reynold

Burt Reynolds directs and stars in this lively action sequel to WHITE LIGHTNING. As Gator McKlusky, he is blackmailed by federal agents to betray his friend - and local crime czar - Bama McCall (Jerry Reed). With an incompetent federal agent (Jack Weston) and a TV reporter (Lauren Hutton) following Gator’s every move, what follows are car and boat chases galore in the backwaters of the "good ol' boy" American South. Reynolds proves a natural in his feature debut behind the camera, getting terrific performances from such novice actors as C&W singer Reed.


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