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W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 25 September 1975 (UK)
W. Bright (Burt Reynolds) is a robber with a heart of gold who travels the South knocking off banks and gas stations owned by a corrupt businessman. When he hijacks a car, he meets an aspiring country band, the Dixie Dancekings, led by Dixie (Conny Van Dyke). The two sides eventually take a liking to one another, especially after the Dancekings realize the size of Bright's thefts. Trailed by ... See full summary »

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writer:

Thomas Rickman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... W.W. Bright
Conny Van Dyke ... Dixie
Jerry Reed ... Wayne
Ned Beatty ... Country Bull
James Hampton ... Junior
Don Williams ... Leroy
Rick Hurst ... Butterball (as Richard D. Hurst)
Mel Tillis ... Good Ole Boy #2
Furry Lewis Furry Lewis ... Uncle Furry
Sherman G. Lloyd Sherman G. Lloyd ... Elton Bird
Mort Marshall Mort Marshall ... Hester Tate
Bill McCutcheon ... Good Ole Boy #1
Peg Murray Peg Murray ... Della
Sherry Mathis Sherry Mathis ... June Ann
Roni Stoneman Hemrick Roni Stoneman Hemrick ... Ticket Lady
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Storyline

W.W. is a happy-go-lucky crook who makes his living robbing gas stations through the drive-up windows. The Dixie Dancekings are a country music band trying to get their first big break. W.W. crosses paths with the Dixie Dancekings when he hijacks their car (and them) to help him rob a bank. At first, the band resists. However, when they discover how much money they make, they begin helping out voluntarily in order to finance their big break. At the same time, W.W. takes a liking to them and uses his natural charm and smooth-talking ways to help them start down the road to stardom. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Taglines:

Big Bad Burt. After he sticks you up, you'll be sorry to see him go. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,440,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A lot of the movie was filmed in Davidson County (Nashville) and surrounding counties in Tennessee. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1957 but the logo on the RC Cola cooler in the diner is a more-modern design not introduced until years later. See more »

Quotes

W.W. Bright: [Leroy has accused W.W. of being a Communist] I served in Korea. dammit!
Junior: That's right, Leroy. You know who he was fightin' in Korea?
Leroy: Who?
Junior: Chinamen. Communist Chinamen.
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Features The Sun Also Rises (1957) See more »

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Chicken Fat
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Composed by Mel Brown
Performed by Dave Grusin
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One charming crook
23 October 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This one is definitely my favorite Burt Reynolds film. Here Burt plays W.W. one charming crook who's made it his life's work to take from a certain chain of gas stations wherever and whenever he can. But just because Reynolds has a grudge against the company no reason to take it out on the poor filling station attendants. Leaving them a little something extra guarantees them giving police descriptions of a kaleidoscopic variety.

The Dance Kings are country dance band looking for the big break and they're headed by Jerry Reed. Conny Van Dyke is their singer named Dixie. Time and circumstance throw Reynolds and the band together and with his natural charm and gift of gab Burt guarantees to make them a success and some more filling station holdups finance their future.

But the company ain't taking this lying down. The head of the company is Sherman G. Lloyd one harder than hardshell Baptist. He hires his own investigator, former southern sheriff now gospel preacher Art Carney and he's a dedicated man of the law and the Lord always in reverse order. In fact his own strict moral code trips him up in the end in a really grand climax.

W.W. And The Dixie Dancekings is a film that I can't imagine anyone else making but Burt Reynolds. It's maybe the drollest performance he ever put on the big screen.

Art Carney for those who see him as lovable dumb Ed Norton are in for quite a revelation. Carney is so different, but so good as Deacon John S. Gore who never let it be said took his religious beliefs nightly. He gets himself on a gospel show financed by Lloyd who by the way plays it as a Strother Martin light. I think that was who was intended for the part originally. He uses the radio audience to locate that 'devil' Burt Reynolds.

W.W. And The Dixie Dancekings is not a great film, but it is great rollicking entertainment.


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