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The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981)

PG | | Drama, Music | 5 June 1981 (USA)
A small town stud wants to go to Nashville and be a big country star. His ambitious kid sister works as his manager. When they cross paths with a small town sheriff, their dream comes in jeopardy.

Director:

Ron Maxwell (as Ronald F. Maxwell)

Writers:

Bob Bonney (screen story), Bob Bonney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Amanda Child
Dennis Quaid ... Travis Child
Mark Hamill ... Conrad
Sunny Johnson ... Melody
Don Stroud ... Seth Ames
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Andy
Barry Corbin ... Wimbish
Lulu McNichol Lulu McNichol ... Boogie Woogie
Royce Clark Royce Clark ... Luther
Elijah Christopher Perry Elijah Christopher Perry ... L.C. (as Jerry Rushing)
Jerry Campbell Jerry Campbell ... Odie
Maxwell Morrow Maxwell Morrow ... Bully #1
Bill Gribble Bill Gribble ... Bully #2
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Bully #3 (as Lonnie Smith)
Elaine Falone Elaine Falone ... Verna
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Storyline

Country singer Travis (Dennis Quaid) and his younger sister Amanda (Kristy McNichol) travel to Nashville, Tennessee to find fame as singers. After getting into trouble with the law, Travis is sentenced to work detail at a prison farm. Amanda ends of falling in love with a police officer Conrad (Mark Hamill) who tries to help Travis out.

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Taglines:

Inspired by the hit song by Reba McIntyre! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accroche-toi Nashville See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,923,752, 7 August 1981
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Viacom Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kristy McNichol's dog in the film is named Boogie Woogie. In the film's end credits, the dog's real name is Lulu McNichol, who belonged to McNichol during filming. See more »

Quotes

Travis: And I asked the Lord, "Lord, why have you forsaken me?". But there was silence. So , I asked again, "Lord, WHY have you forsaken me?", and there was silence. So I asked again, "LORD, WHY have you forsaken me?"... and this great booming voice said "Geez, I don't know Travis, I guess something about you just chaps at my ass."
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Soundtracks

Imaginary Arms
Sung by Tammy Wynette
Music & Lyrics by Sue Richards & Jerry Taylor
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McNichol is terrifically sexy, but ragtag comedy-drama is just adequate...
27 November 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

After 1980's "Little Darlings" grossed some $40 million at the box office, everyone credited scene-stealer Kristy McNichol with its success; the teen actress then had the opportunity to do anything she wanted...and she chose this comedy-drama with country music. Why? Because she gets to sing, act sexy and tough, be soft, and do a drunk routine (which doesn't come off--she's one of the most unconvincing drunks ever). McNichol plays business-minded sis to brother Dennis Quaid, a hell-raising, skirt-chasing musician, but his scrapes with the law make Kristy turn to cop Mark Hamill for help. That's the whole plot, really. The picture is such a mess from a director's standpoint, I can imagine the editor (Anne Goursand) sitting at her cutting machine surrounded by reels of film going out of her mind. Pieces of it are energetic, McNichol is engaging, but the guys are colorless, the writing is pedestrian, and the ending is dopey instead of moving. The rather ungainly title is lifted from a 1972 hit song, which has been rewritten completely and rerecorded here. Why did they bother using it at all? ** from ****


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