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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You're never too young to learn the score. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,923,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,923,752
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Just before the movie went into production, the Hollywood trade papers were touting that rising star Kristy McNichol was to headline in a comedy-drama with country music to be entitled "Ruby Red". See more »

Quotes

Melody Bartlett: I'm not your prize, Seth. It's over.
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Soundtracks

Hound Dog
Sung by Dennis Quaid
Music & Lyrics by Dennis Quaid & Keith Allison
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This Movie was filmed in my hometown
11 October 2002 | by mag7_1See all my reviews

I guess what makes this flick so unique for me is the fact that it was filmed almost entirely on location in my hometown....of Trenton, Georgia...which is a smalltown(Population app. 1,500) in the Northwest Georgia Mountains....the backdrop wasn't changed at all...and now I can watch this film and see my hometown 22 years ago(even though it was released in 1981...it was filmed during the summer months of 1980)....The script is lacking indeed..I'll give you that...but, it does have my favorite actor of all time(Dennis Quaid) starring in it...I've often thought if they'd made the movie based strictly on the lyrics to the well known Vicki Lawrence song..it would have been much better....But, as it is...if you aren't from the Chattanooga,Tn./Trenton,Ga. area it would probably be a major dissapointment for you....But, if you like Dennis Quaid or Don Stroud you'll enjoy it...worth watching...Dennis Quaid surprised me...He really can sing!!!


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