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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macon County Line a video classic
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...
Published on April 4, 2000 by Brad Moffitt

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay At Best
There are so many must see movies out there, this is one you need not bother to watch. If you saw it many years ago as I did, it's worth revisitng for the nostalgia value.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macon County Line a video classic, April 4, 2000
This review is from: Macon County Line (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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drive-In Classic looks Great on DVD, March 19, 2001
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Robert Huggins (Suburban Philadelphia, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, visceral drama., December 28, 2009
This review is from: Macon County Line (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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the squeamish, June 2, 2001
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Douglas Doepke (Claremont, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Macon County Line [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Max Baer's friendly fascist is one reason, but not the only one, to catch this disturbing 1974 film. In fact, Baer's smiling, upright sheriff seems a blood brother in some twisted sense to Mayberry's Andy Griffith. Based on fact, the movie portrays the misadventures of real-life brothers Alan and Jesse Vint, as they frolic through the 1950's South on their way to a date with the Army. Bad luck and Sheriff Baer however turn their joyride into a nightmare that finally ends in tragedy. The last scenes are a suspense-filled stunner. This is Baer's production and he uses it to observe the effects of gun culture, brutality, and race prejudice in fairly subtle fashion. Except for Geoffrey Lewis's overdone station attendant, the acting is first rate, with Joan Blackman a long way from her frothy Elvis movies. Special recognition should go to the casting of the two southern lowlifes who are the most convincing and sinister drifters I've seen, and are guaranteed to put chills up the spine. At times the script seems too deliberate, as though there are explanations for everything. Still, this is a first-rate thriller that deserves its cult status, and is ultimately a long, long way from the bucholic ideal of Sheriff Andy's Mayberry.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest drive-in film of all time finally re-released on DVD!!, May 16, 2008
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Big Mike (Bradford, West Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Redneck Roughie, March 23, 2008
This review is from: Macon County Line (DVD)
After the massive success of Easy Rider in 1969, several sub-genres in film were spawned. You had Biker Films, Hippie/Drug Films and Redneck Roughies. Redneck Roughies were low budget films that took place in the South consisting of car chases, shootouts, rough language and some nudity. Walking Tall is considered one of the top guns in this sub-genre with Macon County Line sitting about redneck-and-redneck with it. In fact, both films share a common actor, a pre-teen idol Leif Garrett.

Max Baer, Jr. of Beverly Hillbillies fame attempts to shake off his Jethro Bodine luggage he'd been carrying around since the series cancellation and just about succeeds. As writer, producer and star, he does a good job coming up with a script with a great twist ending. His portrayal of the friendly but bigoted small town sherriff has such depth that you almost forget it's Jethro!

The rest of the cast is just as good, the Vint brothers play the happy-go-lucky (maybe not so lucky here) brothers with gusto as well as Joan Blackman as the sassy hitch hiker they pick up. The 2 actors (who's names I can't remember) that play the twisted drifters really unnerve you. Then there's the sherriff's deputy that really chews up the screen in an interrogation scene that will have you gripping the armchair.

The story is bascally about being at the wrong place at the wrong time with a startling revelation at the end. Baer had end notes tacked on that give you the impression that this is a true story, but from what I've read this is not true. But true or not, it's still a well written story.

Best of my knowledge Baer did only one follow up, the kinder and gentler Redneck Roughie Ode To Billy Jo based on the hit song by Bobbi Gentry. Still, old Max managed to crank out a low budget film that still holds up well today. A definitive classic Redneck Roughie for anybody who likes their films cheap, gritty and intensely well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT., July 25, 2014
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QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay At Best, June 23, 2014
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There are so many must see movies out there, this is one you need not bother to watch. If you saw it many years ago as I did, it's worth revisitng for the nostalgia value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a Classic Drama, June 19, 2014
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Alma Atkinson (MidWest, Missouri,USA) - See all my reviews
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I am building a 'classic' section in my dvd collection. this one was a 'have to have' I saw it years ago and I really enjoyed it so finding it and adding it to my collection was a MUST.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DRIVE IN FUN !!!!, April 29, 2014
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my brother and I saw this when we where kids in 1973 at the drive in , never thought i would ever see this on dvd, wow what a find !! the movie is well done on a low budget , its funny and lots of action , music was fantasic, MAX did a swell job on this !! the price is spot on also !!!
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