Sunday, May 24, 2015

Episode 65 - Flickers from the Backroads


Yeehaw! We are heading back into the woods this time, for some demon-whiskey and fast driving.  We focus on two movies from the 70's that have moonshine-making at their core. The first is 1976's Dixie Dynamite, with a great cast including Christopher George, R.G. Armstrong and show-favorite Warren Oates.  The titular "Dixie" is played by the stunning Jane Anne Johnstone in her only known role.  She and her sister patsy wear fabulous outfits and blow up the bad guys in this entertaining revenge story. Highly recommended and available for free if you know where to look. We follow this up with 1975's Moonrunners.  Written and directed by Gy Waldron, who would later adapt the story and characters into the immensely popular TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard.  Taking a more serious approach to very similar material, Moonrunners is a compelling and surprisingly thoughtful movie, especially when you consider the television program it would later spawn. We thought this one was streaming as well, but can't find it now. Sorry for the misinformation.  We recommend both of these and think you could do a lot worse on a lazy summer afternoon than to sit, with a jar of moonshine and go to a distant place and time, where car tires squeal on dirt roads and the girls all wear gingham.  Let us know what you thought of the show by sending email to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or leave us a message on our Facebook page.

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