Bootleggers (1974 film)

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Directed byCharles B. Pierce
StarringPaul Koslo
Dennis Fimple
CinematographyTak Fujimoto
Music byJaime Mendoza-Nava
Release date
CountryUnited States
Box office$5.3 million (US)[1]

Bootleggers is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Charles B. Pierce and starring Paul Koslo and Dennis Fimple.


Bootleggers is a period piece crime comedy drama set in rural Arkansas. The first quarter of the film is set 1921, where 10-year-old Othar Pruitt witnesses his bootlegger father being murdered by a member of a rival bootlegger family. The film then skips forward to 1933 which details the adult Othar Pruitt and his partner-in-crime, Dewey Crenshaw, who make a living as moonshiners and cross-state bootleg runners. The film follows an episodic plotline which details Othar and Dewey's work with interacting with Othar's grandfather's distillery, harassing the local sheriff who demands bribes from the bootleggers, flirting with various women at local social ho-downs, and continue to clash against the rival Woodall family and their chief competitors for control of the bootlegged trail runs. When Grandpa Pruitt is murdered by the Woodall clan, Othar and Dewey decide to take matters into their own hands, leading to a climatic shootout with the Woodall family. In the end, Dewey is killed, and Othar kills the remaining members of the Woodall family, only to be arrested by the sheriff for murder.


  • Paul Koslo as Othar Pruitt
  • Dennis Fimple as Dewey Crenshaw
  • Slim Pickens as Grandpa Pruitt
  • Jaclyn Smith as Sally Fannie Tatum
  • Seamon Glass as Rufus Woodall
  • Betty Bluett as Grandma Pruitt
  • Steve Ward as Silas Pruitt
  • James Tennison as Mr. Slayton
  • Charles B. Pierce as Homer Dodd
  • Steve Lyons as Deputy Carl Duggins
  • Buddy Ledwell as Mr. McClusky
  • Chuck Pierce Jr. as Othar Pruitt as a boy


The film grossed over $5.3 million in the United States.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Moonshine Whiskey... (advertisement)". Variety. 14 May 1975. p. 8.

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