Easily the best of the Burt Reynolds "rednecks and cars" movies. Some great car chases, some decent acting (Burt can act when he feels like it) and a lot of sweaty, dirt-poor Southern atmosphere. I'd ignored this one for a long time, thinking it was as silly as his other car chase movies, but really, this is quite fine. A must for Seventies buffs or action buffs.
Quotes from White Lightning:
Gator McKlusky: Only two things in the world I'm scared of
Sheriff Connors: Only scared of two things, what's that?
Gator McKlusky: Women and the police.