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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.


Ron Maxwell (as Ronald F. Maxwell)


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




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 Perry Elijah 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


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


Inspired by the 1973 hit song by Vicki Lawrence. See more »


Drama | Music


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Did You Know?


The film is based on the song, sung by Vicki Lawrence, and not the Reba McEntire cover of it. The movie was done in the early 80's, long before Reba did her version. The tagline information is incorrect, unless there's packaging of a VHS release using this inaccurate tagline. See more »


Travis Child: Well, you know I'm not a religious man, but this morning I g-woke up and, eh I was so bent outta shape and I just got down on my knees and I said, "Lord, why do you bring all this misery on me?
Woman on Bus: Hmm...
Travis Child: Then I heard this voice, great voice, kinda old like, you know, and sorta far away? And it spoke to me.
Woman on Bus: What did it say?
Travis Child: It said "Travis..." That's my name, Travis... it said "Hell, I don't know, Travis, somethin' about you just chaps at my ass."
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Life Is Like a Mountain Railway
Sung by Kristy McNichol & Dennis Quaid
Additional Lyrics by Dennis Quaid
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User Reviews

Cheesy, but I love it
14 September 2000 | by Filmgirl-4See all my reviews

Yeah, it's cheesy. Dennis Quaid and Kristy McNichol sing, or try to. That just about says it all. But, I grew up watching this movie. It seems like it came on every summer, along with Kristy's other flicks: "Only When I Laugh" and "Little Darlings." I went to great lengths recently to buy the out-of-print video. Seeing it just takes me back. Great cinema? Uh, no. But good for a little nostalgia and fun cheesiness? Definitely.

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Viacom Enterprises See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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