During Prohibition Franklin County was known as the Moonshine Capital of the World” well their world anyway. Franklin County Virginia is found at the foothills of the Blue Ridge. It seems that making moonshine was one of the best ways these mountain people had of making a good living. Growing corn did not furnish much but making moonshine they called it “White Lightning” out of the corn made a good living for mountain families.
This story is about a star--- the celebrity of Franklin County in the year of 1931 a Virginian name Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy) and his brothers Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (Shia Labeouf). These brothers had a bootlegging business and a distillery. This was a well-run family business but since it was not legal they did not pay any taxes and this rubbed the government the wrong way.
And since millions of dollars were being made everyone wanted in on the action---gangster from major cities wanted a piece of the pie. And this is when the trouble started with the Bondurant Family; because a crooked D.A. Mason Wardell (Tim Tolin) came into town bringing his ruthless Special Deputy Charles Rakes (Guy Pearce). They demanded payoff and the Bondurant Brothers were told their lives would be miserable if they did not toe-the-line.
Well I hope the D.A. and his crooked men were ready for all Hell to break loose. It is a known fact that nobody tangles with the mountain men and their businesses---legal or not.
This is an action movie about what is right and what should be right. I say a smart person would leave these people alone to live how they pleased. It would be a more harmonious affair as the crooks and gangster found out.
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