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Movie features Franklin County moonshining

Monday - 8/27/2012, 3:39am  ET

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) - Franklin County's moonshining past will be on display on movie screens across the country this week.

The feature film "Lawless," starring Gary Oldman and Shia LaBeouf, opens in thousands of theaters Wednesday. It's based on Matt Bondurant's book "The Wettest County in the World," which chronicles the lives of the Bondurant brothers, a prominent moonshining family.

The Roanoke Times reports ( that while most of the stills are gone, moonshine is still big business locally. It's evident in the T- shirts and bumper stickers for sale around Rocky Mount, and on Franklin County Historical Society bookshelves that hold numerous volumes about local makers of illegal liquor.

Aimee Brookes, owner of the Eagle Cinema 5 in Rocky Mount, says the entire community is buzzing with excitement about the movie.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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