The Moonshine War

The Moonshine War ★★½

Part of the glut of period gangster films that come out after Bonnie & Clyde. It isn't exactly the most exciting of them, but there's no lack of double cross and violence. It is based on Elmore Leonard second crime novel (he wrote the script as well) and there's occasional moments of spark. Richard Quine whose 50s movies I like a lot, but whose work seem to suffer from the late 60s onwards directed with only some imagination. There's a very solid cast that is mostly willing to go along with the proto leonardisms and Hollywood south exploitation tics. As a few reviewers suggest, the most entertaining thing about this from a contemporary perspective is watching Alan Alda as a 30s southern moonshiner.

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