Thunder Road

Thunder Road

DVD - 2000
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A Kentucky bootlegger battles racketeers who try to muscle in on his territory.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2000.
ISBN: 9780792844907
Branch Call Number: DVD Fic Thun
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr. 33 mins.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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🥃 An iconic redneck movie. Mitchum embodies the moonrunner of Kentucky and Tennessee. The 1950 Ford that he drives in the beginning is actually a 1951 Ford with a 1950 grille and the chrome windsplits removed. The giveaway: the V-8 emblems, the "Ford Custom" emblems on the front fenders, the dashboard and steering wheel. The cars used in the movie were bought from local moonshiners, who used the funds to upgrade their wheels.

Feb 24, 2018

Not to endorse bootlegging 200 % spirits and driving recklessly; but this is what the film is about. A family or towns' business was making income just doing that...not paying taxes for it.
It was written and produced By Robert Mitchim and son.
Nothing different from Steve McQueen driving reckless in his films.

May 18, 2016

VERY GOOD 1958 b/w movie wherein Robert Mitchum and crew give homage to Southern 'mountain hillbillies' in their cultural struggle against both federal government (which didn't want to miss out on that tax revenue) AND organized crime's attempt to financially take over their 200 year plus history of 'moonshine' alcohol production.
I was expecting the film to be a bit faster paced (like the uptempo pop music version I heard on the radio as a youth - which is different than the version used in the film) but the movie was far more reflective/dramatic in it's film 'noir' (dark and moody) portrayal of rural 'outlaw' culture versus forces of urban conformity.
Robert Mitchum was 41 years old at the time and selected his 17 year old son James to play his main character's younger brother.
For me, that whole car racing aspect was just background element and not the primary focus of the film. Not at all a teen movie like 1954 'Rebel Without a Cause'

Nov 30, 2015

I love this movie. Its one of those that you want to watch again and again. Robert Mitchum and his son James. They really do look alike.

Apr 13, 2013

Anyone for Hillbilly Film Noir?

With its emphasis on fast cars, I rate Thunder Road as being one of the coolest, hot-rod, B-Movies of the late 1950s, bar none.

Cool actor Robert Mitchum (driving a very cool, souped-up, 1950 Ford Coupe) plays Lucas Doolin, a veteran of the Korean War, who is now running moonshine (via a family business) in the Apalachian Mountain region of Tennessee.

Lucas and his younger brother, Robin (played by Mitchum's 17 year-old son) suddenly find themselves playing cat and mouse with not only Federal G-Men, but also with brutal mobster, Carl Kogan, who has ordered his henchmen to kill anyone who stands in the way of his muscling into the moonshine business.

This fast-paced film's theme song, "The Ballad of Thunder Road", was composed, as well as sung, by Robert Mitchum, himself.

aaa5756 Aug 03, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”


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