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White Lightning is a 1973 American action film from United Artists about Robert "Gator" McKlusky. The film is the uncredited film debut of six-year-old Laura Dern. A sequel, Gator, was released in 1976 and is Burt Reynolds directorial debut.

  • Number of Movies: 2
  • Revenue: $11,000,000

Featured Cast

  1. Burt Reynolds

    Burt Reynolds

    Gator McKlusky

  2. Bo Hopkins

    Bo Hopkins

    Ray Boone

  3. Lauren Hutton

    Lauren Hutton

    Agatha Weedow "Aggie" Maybank

  4. Jennifer Billingsley
  5. Jerry Reed

    Jerry Reed

    Bama McCall

  6. Ned Beatty

    Ned Beatty

    Sheriff J.C. Connors (uncredited), Sheriff J.C. Connors

  7. Dub Taylor

    Dub Taylor

    Mayor T.L. Caffery

  8. Laura Dern

    Laura Dern

    Sharon Ann, Maggie's daughter

  9. Diane Ladd

    Diane Ladd


  10. Burton Gilliam
  11. Louise Latham

    Louise Latham

    Martha Culpepper

  12. Jack Weston

    Jack Weston

    Irving Greenfield

  13. Alice Ghostley

    Alice Ghostley

    Emmeline Cavanaugh

  14. R.G. Armstrong

    R.G. Armstrong

    Big Bear

Featured Crew

White Lightning

August 6, 1973

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.


August 25, 1976

After his release from prison, notorious ex-con and moonshine distiller Gator McKlusky moves in with his father in a cabin in the Okefenokee Swamp. 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. McKlusky enlists the help of reporter Aggie Maybank and a few local eccentrics to bring down McCall's empire.

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