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Gator (1976)

Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

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Burt Reynolds
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Gator McKlusky
Jack Weston ... Irving Greenfield
Lauren Hutton ... Aggie Maybank
Jerry Reed ... Bama McCall
Alice Ghostley ... Emmeline Cavanaugh
Dub Taylor ... Mayor Caffrey
Mike Douglas ... The Governor
Burton Gilliam ... Smiley
William Engesser William Engesser ... Bones
John Steadman ... Ned McKlusky
Lori Futch Lori Futch ... Suzie McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield Stephanie Burchfield ... Young Girl
Dudley Remus Dudley Remus ... Deputy Pogie, Dunston PD
Alex Hawkins Alex Hawkins ... Police Chief
J. Don Ferguson ... Bartender (as Don Ferguson)
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Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

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Trivia

Filmed in and around Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. The historical waterfront is clearly visible in a scene where Gator is crossing a bridge into town. See more »

Goofs

When the police skiff crashes through the cabin, its propeller can be seen fixed in an upright position. This is to facilitate the skid back into the water. Even when it has cleared the cabin, the prop stays up. See more »

Quotes

Officer Talmadge: That ain't no ordinary boat he's got there, it's got some kind of damn rocket on it. Oh! Shit!
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.154 (2011) See more »

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Gator
Written & Performed by Jerry Reed
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Mostly fun, dark toward end
4 September 2008 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

When I saw this, I was not aware it was a sequel. It just so happens I saw "White Lightning" on the same TV station a week later, after I had found out this was a sequel. So now I can compare the two movies.

If I hadn't known Gator was a character from "White Lightning", I wouldn't have believed it. Gator in this movie was more like Burt Reynolds' "Smokey and the Bandit" character. In other words, Reynolds just being Reynolds, a smart aleck, though intelligent and charming.

This movie was more fun but not as high quality as "White Lightning". Nevertheless, it did have its dark side. Although it started out with a "Dukes of Hazzard" style chase but with boats, and it was mostly a comedy, the final scenes were not funny at all. It was a real shame.

Jerry Reed did a very good job; Bama did come across almost like J. R. in most of his scenes with Gator, though in a lot of his scenes Bama was hardly a J. R. Ewing type. He was just plain nasty, and that one scene that nearly spoiled the movie for me was the real proof of just how evil he was.

The standout performance came from Alice Ghostley as a woman who loved cats and once worked in the courthouse. Her former job meant she knew where to find information that could put Bama away--but because it was her former job, illegal tactics had to be employed. Of course they did! What fun would a movie like this be otherwise?

It's mostly a movie for the type people who enjoyed "Smokey and the Bandit". Too silly for Oscar, but entertaining.


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Language:

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Release Date:

20 August 1976 (Finland) See more »

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$11,000,000
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2.35 : 1
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