White Lightnin'
White Lightnin' (2009)

The colorful subject of the popular underground documentary Dancing Outlaw finds his outlandish life story adapted for the big screen in this biopic penned by Vice Magazine's Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti (Heavy Metal Baghdad), and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 19, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

There's a crazy-dirty energy to White Lightnin' that's rarely seen in films, a raw beauty and awfulness that's both scary and exciting.

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

Dominic Murphy's pseudo-biopic is as visually assured as it is audacious, but behind the slickly edited imagery, the debutant's storytelling is exposed by shallow characterisation.

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Josh Winning
Little White Lies

Seething with blighted fervour and over-ripe with religious wrath, the wild, elemental imagery generates something truly disturbing. With its strange religious overtones and inevitably fitful conclusion, White Lightnin' is elusive and bleak.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This debut British feature weaves sundry biographical details into an awkward cross-hatch of oblique celluloid portrait and backwoods horror thriller.

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Anton Bitel

From its bleakly comic beginning to its fire-and-brimstone ending, this artful trailer-trash quasi-biopic will set your heart pounding and your feet tapping.

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Tim Evans
Sky Cinema

Former commercials director Dominic Murphy has conjured up a brutally compelling tale distinguished by a manically unhinged performance from British actor Edward Hogg.

Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

Merging real-life events and unbridled fiction, writers (and co-producers) Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti have crafted a bold, nightmarish tale of Southern darkness...

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Peter Bradshaw

If you thought Deliverance was too subtle, too refined, too delicate, and that the hillbillies in it were far too much like characters from Jane Austen, then this is for you.

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Ellen E Jones
Total Film

A psychedelic, sepia-toned horror show, touring the dark corners of his mind and those of the white trash world in which he lives.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
By far the best crazy,tap dancing,hillbilly drug movie of all time. Crazy independent movie that my brother told me to watch. Not for everyone,but I liked it.
Cynthia S.
Very strange, completely psychotic man. Very strange, completely psychotic movie.