Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.
(February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018)
I was really sorry to hear that Burt Reynolds passed away. He always seemed like a likable guy, and he made a handful of really good movies — and he was often watchable in the terrible ones.
These days, I’ve got a bit of a Don Siegel obsession happening, and I’ve been meaning to watch Rough Cut (1980) again. So here’s Burt with Siegel on location somewhere in Europe. Rough Cut was a very troubled picture — Siegel was fired, then rehired, and it’s a shame they never got a chance to work together again.
Directed by Burt Reynolds
Starring Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Reed, Alice Ghostley, Dub Taylor
White Lightning (1973), which starred Burt Reynolds as ex-con good-ol’-boy moonshiner Bobby ‘Gator’ McKlusky, was a huge hit, and Reynolds decided to make its sequel, Gator (1976), his directorial debut. Burt had just done The Longest Yard (1974) and Hustle (1975) with Robert Aldrich, and the director’s influence can be felt in Burt’s approach to his film. It’s a solid action picture with touches of humor. Jerry Reed is really good as the bad guy, Bama McCall.
The Lyric Theater in Stuart, Florida, is screening Gator on Sunday, January 25th — and Burt will be there to speak after the film.
Love that Robert McGinnis poster art. Oh, and by the way, you can get both White Lightning and Gator on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.