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Gator

 Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Language: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish
  • Subtitles: Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006I03NA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Burt at his peak! 16 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Reynolds plays a convicted moonshiner who lives in the deep south. When his operation is discovered again, a superb speed boat chase ensues through the swamps. After outrunnng and wrecking numerous police boats Burt admits defeat to the authorities and does a deal to go undercover to trap a former friend (played by Jerry Reed- Smokey and the Bandit)who runs extortion and prostitution racquets in another state. As Burt infiltrates his operation along comes a beautiful reporter played by Lauren Hutton. His conscience pricks exposing Burts toughness and vulnerabilty with the hero winning the day.
Great entertainment for both men and the women, in a classic 1970's Burt Reynold movie. Beats the Die Hard's any day!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much goin' on as Burt takes the scenic route 17 Nov 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Burt Reynolds' directorial debut, Gator, is a curiously lethargic and dragged out affair that never seems to make its mind up about what tone to take for something that should simply be good dumb fun. A sequel to 1973's White Lightning, it sees Reynolds' good ol' moonshiner blackmailed by Jack Weston's fed into taking down his boyhood pal Jerry Reed, who's now running a local county as a private criminal empire. Unfortunately it takes two hours to do what could have been done much better in a lean 90 minutes, with much of the film feeling like aimless padding. There's no real threat, not much plot and none of the wandering plot strands are ever really developed, just tailing off. The film loosely hangs on three okay but not great scenes - a half-decent (as opposed to completely decent) stop/start motorboat chase in the bayou, a scene where Reynolds is drugged and warned off by Reed and a couple of okay stunts at the end - but they're not strong enough to hold up a film this rambling and self-indulgent that's best recommended only to his die-hard fans. Reynolds certainly made worse, but that doesn't make this any better.

No extras, but unlike the fullframe US NTSC DVD, the UK PAL DVD is at least in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Burt makes his directorial debut... 25 May 2009
By Marils
Format:DVD
Burt Reynolds reprises his role from White Lightning as Gator McKlusky and makes his directorial debut in this tale of survival in the south.

From the very start, you can tell that Gator is a much different style than its precurser, White Lightning. Indeed the storylines and characters share no commonality, other than Gator McKlusky as an ex-con.

In contrast to White Lightning, from the rolling of the opening credits, the music invites you not to take this film too seriously, as Jerry Reed sings a song about Gator. And when you see Michael Douglas playing the part of the governor in the very first scene, you may wonder what you have let yourself in for.

Burt Reynolds, however, is entertaining as always. He is the kind of guy who can wear jeans and chew gum and make it look like fun. That is part of his charm. Even when making collections for a local racketeer, Reynolds comes off as a nice guy and likeable sort...different than the brooding Gator bent on revenge in the first movie.

Suddenly the film takes a turn to the serious and gives you a look at poverty in the south. You see how the most defenseless are trapped, manipulated and picked on. You feel their sense of futility. You also see how law enforcement is not above using blackmail and extortion for their own gain, which is one of the few commonalities between White Lightning and Gator.

The film did itself no favors by casting Lauren Hutton as Reynolds love interest. I found her acting and character to be distracting. She is definitely the weak link in this movie. Her performance as Reynolds leading lady pales in comparison to a short scene between Reynolds and a 15 year old prostitute with which he shares a moment of tenderness .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Reed MAKES Gator 15 April 2012
Format:DVD
I will start off by saying that, though I am no huge Burt Reynolds fan, I will own that he made some very watchable movies, especially around the time of Gator, and in the closely following few years (such as "Hooper", the "Smokey" series, "Best Little Whorehouse", etc).
The fact that he directed this movie is, I think, fairly evident. I say that, in reference to the fact that "Gator" is like a very concentrated dose of Burt and the type of film he made at this time. However, his choice of casting Jerry Reed as the "baddie", for me almost redeems whatever else is wrong with the movie.

It is, at times, a fairly disturbing look at a town run by a character called Bama McCall who has no redeeming qualities whatsoever... and yet he is the most watchable of all the characters in the film, played SO very well by Jerry Reed. The same sincerity, truth and reality come out in his acting as in his music, and I am just grateful that Burt gave us all the chance to see what a fine serious actor Mr. Reed was.
Jerry Reed plays a chilling baddie who is basically evil to the core in his business dealings. We are not given any insight into his private life, which may be one of the things which makes this movie a little one-dimensional and almost comic-book-y, portraying the bad side in a very black-and-white way. Bama's past, gleaned only by hints here and there, seems to be loosely the same as Gator's, growing up poor in smalltown Georgia, born to young parents and probably one of a large brood.

I will apologise now for mainly centering my review around the one character, but I think other reviewers have said all there is to say about the rest of the movie.
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