Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Written by: William Norton
Produced by: Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy
Other cast: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, Matt Clark, Diane Lad, R.G. Armstrong
Release date: August 8, 1973
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Running time: 1h 41min
Easygoing Arkansas good ol' boy Gator McKlusky is serving his second federal prison sentence for running moonshine when he learns his straight-arrow college graduate brother and his girlfriend have been murdered. Eager to take down corrupt county sheriff J.C. Connors, whom he suspects is behind his brother's death, Gator agrees to a federal attorney's deal that releases him from prison to infiltrate Connors' underground booze-running business.
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This movie was Dern’s uncredited film debut. Dern was just six years old in this brief non-speaking walk on bit part. Dern plays the daughter of her real life mother Diane Ladd who appears in this movie as Maggie.