|Georgia Peaches (1980)|
|Writers:||Mike Benderoth, Monte Stettin, William Hjortsberg and Lois Luger|
|Starring:||Tanya Tucker Terri Nunn and Lane Smith|
|The Plot: Sue Lynn, also known as Peach Pit, works as a mechanic for herself at The Georgia Peaches Automotive. Her boyfriend Dusty isn’t as interested in the straight life and instead bootlegs moonshine with his suped up ride. Vivian Stark is the local crime kingpin, and she has had eyes on The Georgia Peaches for a long time. When she finally makes a proposition to buy them out, in order to fill the car yard with stolen vehicles, Sue Lynn turns her down and sprays her car down with oil. Sue Lynn’s sister, Lorette (played by real life country singing legend Tanya Tucker), has just made it in from Nashville after her singing career has recently began to take off. The family reunion has to be put on hold however, as the group is set-up by the evil Vivian Stark who has planted both stolen vehicles and moonshine on their property. Dusty, Sue Lynn and Lorette are carried off to jail but are then miraculously bailed out by an unknown entity. It turns out that treasury agent Randolph Dukane (played by veteran actor Lane Smith) was the one who provided the bail money, but in order to beat this wrap the group will have to go undercover within the criminal underworld of counterfeit cigarettes which are being carried over state lines. Will The Georgia Peaches manage to find a way out of this mess?|
In an unforgettable opening sequence, we get to see just what these gadgets can really do as our film jumps right into the action. The opening shot introduces us to one of the previously mentioned back roads on which we see two cops keeping an eye out for anyone who might be “running shine”. This activity apparently goes on during the broad daylight, which is an oddity that even the police officers remark on. We are ultimately lead into a fairly impressive chase sequence when the character Dusty comes barreling out of nowhere, a chase sequence that sees motorbikes flying off of bridges and car wrecks galore. This then leads to an epic “driving through fire” sequence as we see our leading man use spray nozzles out the back of his car which squirt his moon shine down the highway in a perfect stream. He flicks another switch inside of his car and this causes an explosion that lights the moonshine ablaze, completely covering the road in fire. A fire that he must then drive through! The entire sequence is completely implausible, but is ridiculously entertaining and makes promises early on in the movie that few films could possibly hope to make good upon. Unfortunately, due to its rather episodic nature, the comparison between the rambunctious opening and the sagging middle section of the film becomes very apparent. The third act, where we see Dusty and the two girls split up into two teams in order to go undercover and bust apart a criminal operation, is lacking in action but is plentiful in made-for-tv shenanigans. Expect a lot of joking, tom foolery and sneaking around uptight posers while the free spirited young women stick it to the man.