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"You take a load of 200 proof corn liquor through a Georgia roadblock at 100 miles an hour and if you ain't a dead man, you're a moonrunner."
  • PG
  • 1975
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 5.9  (373)

Moonrunners is a 1975 action-comedy film that follows the story of two good-ole-boys, Bobby Lee (James Mitchum) and Grady (Kiel Martin), who run moonshine for their Uncle Jesse (Arthur Hunnicutt) in rural Georgia. The story begins with Bobby Lee, Grady and their friends joining a dirt track race to win some cash for their business. However, things take a turn for the worse when Bobby Lee gets into a heated exchange with the sheriff's deputy who is overseeing the race. The altercation leads to the discovery of their illegal business and sparks a high-speed pursuit through the back roads of Georgia.

The film is directed by Gy Waldron and produced by Robert L. Levy. It is a prequel to the hit TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard," which aired from 1979 to 1985. The film's story was originally intended as a pilot for a TV series called "Moonrunners," but it was later adapted into a feature film.

Moonrunners is a classic '70s action flick that combines elements of comedy, romance, and car chases. The film is set in a rural Southern town, where moonshiners are a common sight. The film's pace is brisk, and the humor is lighthearted, making it an enjoyable watch.

The film features many memorable characters, including the two lead moonshiners, Bobby Lee and Grady. James Mitchum delivers a solid performance as the brash and impulsive Bobby Lee, while Kiel Martin shines as the more level-headed and pragmatic Grady. Arthur Hunnicutt steals the show as the wise and wily Uncle Jesse, who always seems to have a trick up his sleeve. Other notable characters include the bumbling Sheriff Rosco Coltrane (played by veteran character actor Denver Pyle) and Bobby Lee's love interest, Beth Ann Edmonds (played by Chris Forbes).

One of the film's standout features is its impressive array of cars. The film showcases a variety of classic muscle cars, including a 1970 Dodge Charger and a 1975 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The car chases are shot with skill and precision, with the vehicles careening through dirt roads, jumping over hills, and narrowly avoiding collisions with one another.

The film's soundtrack is another highlight, featuring a mix of country, rock, and blues music. The film's theme song, "The Good Ol' Boys," was later re-recorded as the theme for "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV show.

Moonrunners is a fun and entertaining film that is sure to appeal to fans of classic '70s movies. It's a fast-paced and action-packed adventure that doesn't take itself too seriously. The film's blend of humor and action, combined with its memorable characters and impressive car chases, make it a true classic of the genre.

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    1 hr 50 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (373)