Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood

  • Directed by Jacob Young
  • United States, 1991, 101 mins., English

Meet Jesco White, a hard-living tap dancer in Boone County, West Virginia, whose repeated run-ins with the law have interfered with his dream of becoming as renowned a “mountain dancer” as his late father, D. Ray White. Jesco has three distinct personalities: a sort of skinny version of the fat Elvis, the gentle and loving Jesse, and the violent and dangerous Jesco, who his wife Norma Jean warns is “the devil hisself.” This hilarious and slightly exploitative peek into 20th century Appalachian life demonstrates that real life provides far more eccentric characters than the fanciest of fictions.

Genres: Documentary