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Macon County Line

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Macon County Line


One of the great independent movies of the 1970s, Macon County Line transcends the "redneck nightmare" genre simply by making its characters fully-rounded human beings. Two brothers, Chris and Wayne Dixon (played by real-life brothers Alan and Jesse Vint), are tooling around the South in a convertible, killing time before they have to show up for army basic training. They pick up a hitchhiking girl named Jenny Scott (Cheryl Waters), then cross the path of Deputy Sheriff Reed Morgan (Max Baer, Jr., most famous as Jethro on The Beverly Hillbilllies), who doesn't like having strangers in his town. But also passing through are a couple of smalltime crooks, one of whom has a traumatic response to cops. Bad things happen, Morgan thinks the Dixons are responsible, and the situation gets very tense. This plot could have been a lurid exercise in bloody revenge, but instead Macon County Line (which was produced and co-written by Baer) takes every opportunity to make the people real and unpredictable. Scenes move fluidly from comedy to suspense; moments that look like they're going to be cliches instead reveal unexpected dimensions. The women--usually little more than props in movies like this--aren't given as extensive a role in the story as men, but they're still individuals with their own ideas and desires. The cast is studded with the familiar faces of steady-working character actors like Geoffrey Lewis (Every Which Way But Loose) and James Gannon (Major League), who give even minor characters grit and texture. Macon County Line has all the sex and violence of its exploitative genre, but treats them with empathy and smarts; the result is a roughhewn classic. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Cheryl Waters, Geoffrey Lewis, Joan Blackman
  • Directors: Richard Compton
  • Writers: Max Baer, Richard Compton
  • Producers: Max Baer, Roger Camras
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OX7D0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Macon County Line" on IMDb

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Brad Moffitt on April 4, 2000
Format: DVD
Critical acclaim is not exactly the way to describe Macon County Line. This film, with many of the other 70's classic drive-in features, is an absolute classic but didn't rate highly with critics. Alan and Jesse Vint, although not Hollywood royalty, deserve a place in film history for their parts as brothers who become the victims of horrible circumstances. Alan and Jesse popped up in other films through the 70' and 80's (most notably "Centennial"), but "Macon County" is their opus. It's just a shame that their talents were never showcased like this again. They are outstanding actors. The film has impact, and the DVD version is like watching it for the first time. WOW! What a film. If you are like me, a child of the 70's, and using Amazon and e-auctions to build nostalgic movie and music libraries, put this one in your DVD collection. It's outstanding.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on March 19, 2001
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of low budget film making, the story behind the making of "Macon County Line" is as fascinating as the film itself, perhaps moreso. You'll learn about that in a short featurette that's included on the DVD that features interviews with Director Richard Compton, Actor-Producer-Writer Max Baer, Jr., star Jesse Vint and others. What I really enjoyed is the film commentary offered by Richard Compton during the film. It's actually more of a conversation with Anchor Bay producer Bill Lustig, a pretty good low budget film maker, himself (Maniac, Vigilante, Maniac Cop), about how the film came to be. Listening to the two directors talking about how to get the most out of a small budget (just over $200,000 for the film) is a real education. Lustig is a very good interviewer/commentator and has shown up on other Anchor Bay releases (his own "Vigilante" comes to mind).
The film, itself, is a much better-than-average story about mistaken identities and the tragic consequences that result. The cast is generally good and the acting is a lot better than what one might typically expect from drive-in fare. Max Baer, Jr., in particular, gives depth to a character that could have been played as "Sheriff Jethro Bodine." Baer wanted to break away from his "Beverly Hillbillies" image and, for the most part, he succeeds. Anchor Bay's widescreen edition looks great. I can't vouch for the sound since I don't have an elaborate audio system, but Anchor Bay generally has a reputation for doing good things with the available source material.
Fans of 70's era drive-in movies will really enjoy "Macon County Line."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Big Mike on May 16, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A great big thank you to Warner Video for re-releasing Macon County Line on DVD. I sorely lamented missing the last DVD release, which resulted in having nothing to choose from but some very expensive even used copies floating around once the title was out-of-print or poor quality bootleg copies. I recommend grabbing this release while you can. Max Baer hit on a goldmine with the totally unexpected smash success of the film in 1974. This was especially amazing when you consider that it mainly played on the drive-in circuit during the initial release. Those who only know Max Baer as Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies will be in for a great surprise at the vast difference from that comical character and the character he portrays in Macon County Line. The theme song was sung by the lovely Bobbie Gentry of Ode to Billy Joe fame. The only thing that could maybe be better than having this classic film available once again on DVD would be to have the chance to watch it under the stars at a drive-in on a warm summer night. Don't miss it!! But a little bit surprised that this DVD release has no extras at all, not even the original trailer. Why??
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Spears on December 28, 2009
Format: DVD
Real life brothers Alan and Jesse Vint, are cast as brothers Chris and Wayne Dixon, in this film. The Dixon brothers are about to enlist in the military. So they decide to head from Chicago to New Orleans, to have some fun before they report for their induction, in two weeks.

The Dixon brothers do have some fun during their journey, and even pick-up a pretty young woman who's hitchhiking. But when their car breaks-down, they have to wait for the repair shop to get the correct parts for it, before they can be on their way. This takes longer than Chris and Wayne figured on. Their troubles really begin though, when the local Sheriff's wife is brutally murdered in their home, and the Sheriff mistakenly thinks Chris and Wayne are the culprits.

This story-line in this movie took place in the 1950s, when the deep south could be a particularly dangerous place, for outsiders passing through. It's based on a true story, which makes it even more chilling. Alan and Jesse Vint really project a brotherly chemistry between them with ease. Guess it helps that they're brothers in real life. Max Baer Jr. (know as Jethro from the Beverley Hillbillies) plays the Sheriff with menacing relish. A young Leif Garrett plays the Sheriff's son Luke. Leif shows an amazing emotional fluency, in his role.

This film is a cut above many of the drive-in B films, that were so ubiquitous during the 70s when this movie was made. Decent character development, and a plot that's thick with danger and suspense, are the main reasons for this factor. It's definitely worth a watch, especially if you like films that are compelling and visceral.
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