Celebrating a Fine Virginia Tradition

I don’t watch many movies on the big screen but I won’t miss this: “Lawless.” The movie is based upon a true story about moonshiners in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Va. Best line from the trailer: “I’m a Bondurant. We don’t lay down for nobody.”

Local boys fighting the revenuers. What’s not to like?


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  1. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    Looks like a good movie. But can it match Robert Mitchum in “Thunder Road?”

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    Peter Galuszka

    On second thought — on the “We don’t lay down for nobody” comment.

    How do you get a Virginian to lay down for someone?

    “Call for Philip Morris!”

    1. Peter, this one is quite funny. Well done!

  3. yet another example of big govt thuggery keeping the common man down.


    the guys were born 50 years too late. Today the govt would pay them a subsidy to produce the ‘right kind” of distilled spirits, eh?

    1. You nailed it, Larry. Times have changed!

  4. DJRippert Avatar

    No difference between bootleggers and meth lab operators or crack dealers. Criminals, nothing more and nothing less.

    I’d love to see Jim’s reaction to a favorable movie about violent pot smugglers in 1980s Miami. They didn’t lay down for anybody either. Until George HW Bush sent an army of ATF agents to South Florida. Then they lay down pretty quick. Kind of like what happened to those bootleggers in Virginia. Tough as nails until the government sent in men with guns. But … the bootleggers were white and the pot smugglers were hispanic and the crack deals are black. So, bootleggers are lovable rouges while pot smugglers and crack dealers need to go to jail without the possibility of parole.

    Will the grandchildren of today’s white Virginians relish movies about the lovable white rogues who operate the meth labs throughout rural America?

  5. Hey, I loved “Scarface,” too!

    1. DJRippert Avatar

      Ha ha ha! OK – Bacon, you get a pass on the criminality index. I was a fan of Casino myself.

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