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Included in the DANCING OUTLAW DVD:
- The OriginalDANCING OUTLAW Director's Edition, 60 minutes (Includes the original Outtakes, 30 minutes
- The Original DANCING OUTLAW II: Jesco Goes To Hollywood, 30 minutes
This unscripted, strikingly unique documentary film, is a revealing portrait of the nearly extinct "Hillbilly" culture that focuses on Mountain Dancer Jesco White's uphill battle against abject poverty, drug abuse, petty crime and mental instability. In his struggle to live up to his father's legacy as the finest mountain dancer in Appalachia, he leans on Jesus, Elvis Presley, and his wife, Norma Jean.
DANCING OUTLAW has screened at several major events, including the Sundance Film Festival.
Winner of 7 major awards, including:
Best Public Television Program
1992 Emmy Award
American Film Institute Award.
DANCING OUTLAW is on the "Core List", a "short list of best and brightest works of non-feature videos". -- American Library Association
John Waters meets Tennessee Williams. -- London Independent
Oxford American Magazine lists DANCING OUTLAW as one of the "13 Essential Southern Documentaries". -- Oxford American Magazine, Southern Movie Issue, Winter 2002
This titanic 1991 documentary spawned a thousand late-night "dude, you've GOT to see this" sessions, and for good reason. -- The Stranger, Vol 12 No. 9, Nov 14 - Nov 20 2002
Top Customer Reviews
What Amazon does not tell you in the above description is this DVD includes both "Dancing Outlaw" and "Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood" and the video viewing time is 101 minutes. Still $99 is too much to pay when you can get the identical video directly from the producer for 1/2 the price.
I own a copy and I highly recommend it.
However, most people with whom I've seen the documentary totally miss the social commentary and treat it as a comedy. "Ha ha look at those dumb hillbillies" and "wow West Virginia must be a really weird place" kinds of reactions. If that's all you take from the documentary, you're the unsophisticated one. Do not make broad generalizations about the people of Appalachia or of working-class and rural populations based on the film.
"Dancing Outlaw" is the story of Jesco White and his family, all living in rural West Virginia. It is never clear what Jesco actually does for a living, though his identity certainly hinges on Elvis impersonation and filling the shoes (literally) of his now-deceased father, whose tap dancing skills are legendary in "the holler", where they all live.
It is an oversimplification to say this film is funny and engrossing because it showcases hillbillies. If that's all you're looking for, there is probably something more shocking and comic on "reality TV". "Dancing Outlaw" succeeds because it is a story first and foremost, and because that story is told by the participants.
My objection to Stu's partial quote is that it completely strips the intensity from the scene. Jesco (referring to an incident with his wife, Norma Jean): "...I took the butcher knife and put it up to her neck, and said, 'If you want to live...to see tomorrow...you better start fryin' them eggs better then what you been fryin' em. I'm tired of eatin' slimy, sloppy eggs'"
And that is by no means the most memorable Jesco quote from the film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An absolutely fabulous documentary. A portrait of madness, drug abuse and outlaw culture, this documentarian is graced with a truly unbelievable subject. Read morePublished 7 months ago by onlineoverinperson
Who can deny the enjoyable nature and charm of Jesco White? This documentary provides an insight into a really unique lifestyle shared by some backwoods West Virginia folk. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alex G