Monday, January 6, 2014
MACON COUNTY LINE (1974)
If you took the movie AMERICAN GRAFFITI and set it in the South, threw in a couple of violent murderers, some racist cops and other redneck/hicksploitation elements you would get this. This was written by and features Mr. Jethro Bodine from THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES himself, Max Baer Jr. as the sheriff but he's not the main character. Those are a couple of brothers traveling about and generally goofing off before joining the army. They end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and without ruining the whole movie I'll just say some bad shit happens. The movie tells us this is all based on a true story but being a 70's exploitation film we all know that is bullshit. Still it makes for a good watch even if it takes a while for stuff to really start to happen and there's a very powerful ending. Also this was a huge hit in drive-ins back when it was released so that's good enough for me.
There was a sequel the next year titled RETURN TO MACON COUNTY which wasn't really a sequel in any way besides the title. There was also a MACON COUNTY JAIL made in the 90's but that was a horrible women-in-prison flick from a decade of terrible movies.