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Cast:Burt Reynolds, Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton

Having created the character of Gator McKlusky in 1973's White Lightning, Burt Reynolds reprises the role in the appropriately titled Gator. Once again, ex-convict McKluskey is strong-armed into helping the feds nab a dangerous criminal, who turns out to be an old high-school chum (Jerry Reed). He is aided and abetted by TV reporter Aggie Maybank (Lauren Hutton) and comedy-relief FBI agent Irving Greenfield (Jack Weston). The film's high point occurs when Reynolds virtually drops character to kid Hutton about the famous gap in her teeth; the low point is the senseless murder of one of the film's most likeable characters. Talk-show host Mike Douglas makes his film debut as a Jimmy Carter-style governor. Gator offers up a strange mixture of zany slapstick and overstated violence; audiences in 1976 were delighted with both elements. Hal Erickson

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