I tell you, I've seen a lot of movies in my day, and none of them holds up as well over the years as Gator. Sure, you might say I'm biased since I was the president of the Burt Reynolds fan club high school AND the treasurer of the Jerry Reed Fan Club. But still, you can't deny it - Reynolds kicks A**! But anyway, back to the movie... So it was back in the day when I used to play college basketball in Georgia. The whole team used to go to class in our sweaty gym clothes, if we ever went to class - but that's another story! The part where Gator sticks Bammy McCaul's head in <more>
the dumpster is great! And Lauren Hutton was so HOT! Anyway, we were all at one guy's house after a big game, drinking non-alcoholic beer, and we popped in my favorite movie of all time no, not Stroker Ace that's right GATOR! Anyway, we just started watching it, and I remember this one guy named steve who always wore a skirt for some reason was complaining about something to do with a translation of Camus, but anyway, we're watching the movie and the pizza guy comes to the door - and who's standing there with a pizza in his hand? Why BURT REYNOLDS! Now I knew he was from Georgia, just like me, but what I didn't know was what a big fan he was of the team! Well, I was floored, I tell you. SO we invited him in, and we all sat around drinking non-alcoholic beer, and he told us all about his favorite parts of making Gator, especially when he stuck Bammy McCaull in the dumpster. Its so funny because its true! Anyway, after the movie one of my teammates found a spare sweaty team uniform and gave it to Burt. It was one of the best times of my life, and that's why I will always love GATOR!
Good, but not as good as White Lightning (by jrw1999)
I'm a huge fan of both Gator and White Lightning, but White Lightning is the much better movie. Granted, Gator has Jerry Reed and Dub Taylor, but White Lightning has Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, Diane Ladd, and Shaky Puddin'. The dark, gritty atmosphere cast against Reynolds' frat boy laughter plays well together.Additionally, the human element represented by Skeeter and Ma McClusky keep the movie from becoming a parody of the South and Southerners. White Lightning does what the original Walking Tall does not--put a face on corrupt policies in the South with decent acting and without <more>
too much cornpone.I have to admit, the roles played by Burton Gilliam and Bill Engesser in Gator are particularly memorable.
The movie Gator is full of action. As with many Burt Reynolds movies the cops are once again practically useless. The standout is Jerry Reed as Bama McCall. Jerry Reed takes his role and runs with it till their is nothing left. The evil laugh and twinkle in his eye only adds to his portrayal. The bar scene with Bama, Gator, Bones and Smiley is a 10 easily. If you enjoy Burt Reynolds you will like this movie, however I hope you will walk away with a new appreciation for Jerry Reed. I really got a kick out of the 70's suits Mr. Reed wore. Classic. The opening motorboat scene is done well, <more>
but you can see the stunt men instead of the main actors. Lauren Hutton is sweet and there seemed to be some chemistry between her and Burt. Great acting, morality play and Jerry Reed, what more could one ask for?
This is White Lightning with the budget. Great story, and action with a mix of directing that gives the viewer a feel for the south. A tailor made role for Burt Reynolds, which became a high water mark, he never could reach again. I love the part where the tall guy uses the sun roof in order to drive the car, and the beginning narration. Too bad this format was not in use for Sharky's Machine, he would have done better in the 80's. This movie made him a star of the 70's, and this film ages well, which is the test of time. 8 out of 10 rent it today.
Another Burt Reynolds Classic (by garyldibert)
Burt Reynolds returns as Gator McKlusky in the motion picture Gator which was released in 1976. Starring in this picture along with Reynolds was Jack Weston as Irving Greenfield, Lauren Hutton as Aggie Maybank and Jerry reed as Bama McCall. Gator is released from prison after serving 26 months for making homemade whiskey. Enters Irving Greenfield who's with the justice department from the Big Apple, New York City. Greenfield hunts down McKlusky in the swamps to offer him a deal. Either Gator goes undercover to bring down his boyhood pal bring Bama McCall or his daughter gets moved around <more>
from foster to foster home, and his dad does time for making moonshine. Bama McCall runs Dunston County with his hand in everything from extortion, prostitution to murder. Enters Aggie Maybank who's a local reporter trying to a documentary on crime in Dunston County that McCall pulls the plug on. However, things start to change when Gator starts to realize just how ruthless McCall is. Therefore, when Gator tells McCall he wants out, Bama decides that him and Gator are going to sit and talk about. However, what Gator gets is a strong mix drink and finds himself in his car sitting outside the Dunston County line. Therefore, along with Greenfield, and Aggie Maybank, Gator sets out to destroy McCall. This was your typical Burt Reynolds picture with lots of suspense and action. The problem I have this picture it has no leading lady in it. Based on that fact I give this movie 8 weasel stars for the action alone.
The feds force ex-con moonshine runner Gator McKlusky a solid and likeable performance by Burt Reynolds, who also directed to go undercover in order to get the goods on blithely pernicious crime kingpin Bama McCall nicely played with lip-smacking wicked relish by Jerry Reed .Reynolds does a perfectly competent job with his directorial debut: The enjoyable story unfolds at a steady pace, there's a flavorsome evocation of the colorful downhome Southern setting, the rousing rough'n'ready action set pieces are staged with aplomb, and the amiable lighthearted tone takes a surprising <more>
and effective shift to the more serious in the last third. The sound and lively acting by the capable cast keeps this film humming: Jack Weston as bumbling treasury agent Irving Greenfield, Lauren Hutton as perky reporter Aggie Maybank, Alice Ghostley as feisty old flake Emmeline Cavanaugh, John Steadman as Gator's ornery pa, and Dub Taylor as the corrupt Mayor Caffrey. Burton Gilliam as the slimy Smiley and William Engesser as the hulking Bones make for fun flunkies. William A. Fraker's crisp widescreen cinematography provides a pleasing bright look. While it lacks the dark edge of "White Lightning," this film nonetheless still sizes up as an enjoyable follow-up.