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Thunder Road

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1958
  • Arthur Ripley
  • 88 mins
  • U

Summary

A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Robert Mitchum made the plunge into independent production with this pioneering drama of moonshiners brewing illicit whisky. He researched the subject, provided the story, put his son James into a key supporting role, and hired an obscure and aged director with a penchant for surrealism, Arthur Ripley. He even wrote song lyrics for the movie. Filming on location in Kentucky used as many locals and real settings as possible and extended way over the low-budget schedule. The movie, which became a cult favourite in Deep South drive-ins, is a real mess with obvious technical problems and some inept acting. Still, it perfectly reflects Mitchum's relaxed outlook and is very much one of a kind.

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Cast

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Lucas DoolinRobert Mitchum
Troy BarrettGene Barry
Carl KoganJacques Aubuchon
Francie WymoreKeely Smith
Vernon DoolinTrevor Bardette
Robin DoolinJames Mitchum
Mary BarrettBetsy Holt (1)

Crew

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DirectorArthur Ripley

Details

Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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