“It’s ‘Grey Gardens’ on the highway to hell — as funny as it is frightening, and as compassionate as it is shocking.”
— John Beifuss, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Jerry McGill recorded one single on Sun Records, 1959, then slipped from a rock’n’roll career into robbing banks and running from the FBI. He surfaced occasionally, to make brilliant records that never came out, to star in William Eggleston’s notorious documentary Stranded In Canton, and to prove he was free, if on the lam. Now he’s 70 and just diagnosed with lung cancer. Follow a heavily armed McGill and his fiancé Joyce through four states as McGill battles death, and battles life itself, seeking peace, making war. A thrill ride on the trigger finger of a career criminal living his last days, Very Extremely Dangerous is a documentary with dark humor and discomfiting intimacy.
Interview with filmmakers Robert Gordon and Paul Duane: