Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) is a good old boy just serving his time in State Prison. He was put in for running moonshine. Now he and a couple of inmates are working on the wardens (Lincoln Demyan) car. Turnkey comes out and tells Gator that the Warden wants to see him. The news is not good, his brother was pulled out of a lake and was dead. Now Gator was the bad boy in the family. His brother was the one in college and trying to make something of himself. He and a few friends went on down to outside a courthouse and protest Sheriff J.C. Connors (Ned Beatty) for he is one corrupt Sheriff.
Now Gator is all tore up about his brother and he feels that it was the Sheriff who killed him. He just dosen't know why. Gator lays about for several days and the Warden allows him some time to grieve.
Warden one day says that's enough time for Gator to get back to work. Gator makes his way out of the prison and tries to run. He does't get very far. The warden catches him and puts him on a chain gang. Gator and the Warden start to talk one day and Gator says he wants the Sheriff and that if the Warden would set it up he wants to talk to the federal agents about this.
All gets set up and Gator starts to work for the Feds.
They give him a name of a person who can help and Gator goes to see him. Dude Watson (Matt Clark) is a simple mechanic but he knows some people to get Gator into the moonshine business. Dude introduces him to Roy Boone (Bo Hopkins) and Gator starts running some shine. Roy introduces Gator to Big Bear (R.G. Armstrong) who is in charge.
Now Gator wants Sheriff Connors and it don't matter whether it is dead or alive, but you'll have to watch the rest of the movie to find out that.
Director Joseph Sargent does an excellent job with this down home moonshine movie. The chase scenes are great and the old boy network all fits. So take your shoes off and set a spell and drink if you have them. Enjoy.