Macon County Line (1974) - Action, Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

14

Watchable

A vengeful Southern sheriff is out for blood after his wife is brutally killed by a pair of drifters. Low-budget film set in Georgia in 1953 and based on fact.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Richard Compton
Stars: Alan Vint, Cheryl Waters
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 1 out of 28 found boring (3.57%)

One-line Reviews (13)

It's a light drama about mundane events in a small Southern town that turn to tragedy.

Although it seems like it takes forever for something to happen (it's an hour into the 90 min film before the "shocking" part begins to unfold), the beginning is enjoyable.

Tightly edited, beautifully photographed, with cool music and a fine-tuned screenplay, memorable performances and an unexpected ending, Macon County Line justifies its cult status and drive-in success 30 years down the line and belongs in the very elite company of gritnik gems like Two-Lane Blacktop and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.

Despite the movie being fiction, its still worth watching.

)The main hook of this sordid, and ultimately tragic, tale is an assortment of wholly engaging characterizations by the main cast: the Vint brothers, Cheryl Waters as the hitchhiker whom they pick up, Geoffrey Lewis as a local yokel garage owner, Joan Blackman as Baers' victimized wife, a very young Leif Garrett as Baers' son, James Gammon and Timothy Scott as a pair of despicable lowlifes, Sam Gilman as a deputy, Doodles Weaver as area resident Augie, Emile Meyer as store owner Gurney, et al.

"Macon County Line" is a superior example of this kind of exploitation filmmaking, fulfilling some of the requirements of the genre (like nudity, sex, and violence), but also taking the time to tell an entertaining and compelling story.

If you would like to time travel back to the 50's, and get a feel for the rural South, this is an enjoyable movie to watch.

And the last third of the movie brings in some surprising plot turns (including an unexpected ending.

Compelling, visceral drama.

It's definitely worth a watch, especially if you like films that are compelling and visceral.

Enjoyable classic.

The cinematography by Daniel Lacambre is first-rate, the songs are wonderful, there is an appreciable sense of humor, and the finale is some genuinely atmospheric, suspenseful, and spooky stuff.

The film's monumental box office success (it made a hefty $35 million during its original theatrical run) beget a handful of "don't go down to Dixie" exploitation cash-in copies, a sub-genre unto itself which includes the pitifully lame'n'tame sequel "A Return to Macon County," the astonishingly bleak'n'brutal "Jackson County Jail," the spirited and enjoyable "Moving Violation," and the seamy and revolting scuzzathon "A Nightmare in Badham County.