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Thunder Road
     

Thunder Road

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Director: Arthur Ripley, Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Keely Smith

Cast: Arthur Ripley, Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Keely Smith

 

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A major hit upon release, Thunder Road is widely considered to have started the "bootleggers in fast cars" subgenre, and the film remained a drive-in favorite in the American South for decades. Unfortunately, this first MGM DVD release of the famed cult classic leaves a lot to be desired. This edition only features the movie in the full-screen format though the

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A major hit upon release, Thunder Road is widely considered to have started the "bootleggers in fast cars" subgenre, and the film remained a drive-in favorite in the American South for decades. Unfortunately, this first MGM DVD release of the famed cult classic leaves a lot to be desired. This edition only features the movie in the full-screen format though the print itself looks relatively clean and the Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track sounds fine. The only real extra is the original theatrical trailer; the promised "making of" booklet turns out to be nothing more than a listing of cast and crew. A future DVD edition of Thunder Road should include a "making of" featurette, as the story of star/producer/writer Robert Mitchum's exploits on location down South were actually wilder.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
In an age when even billionaires can be described as "cool," it's hard to know if that half-century-old word still has any meaning. But if it doesn't apply to this cult classic with Robert Mitchum as the baddest moonshiner who ever popped a 180, it's dead. While Arthur Ripley is credited as director, with story and executive producer credits, this is clearly Mitchum's show from start to finish, reflecting his terminally cool persona and dedication to the celebration of kamikaze lifestyles. As a returning Korean vet, he tries to keep his brother out of the family bootlegging business only to be pulled in himself. A film made up of car chases, violence, music, and more car chases, its deeper significance will be evident only to the most skilled of semioticians. Others can just sit back and enjoy the narcoleptic presence of the star as he screeches around the mountains of Tennessee hills, birthplace NASCAR in a 1950 Ford Coupe with the revenuers on his tail. Fans of James Bond should appreciate the primitive but effective oil-spurting jets on this car, not to mention the quick-release whiskey tank in the trunk. To add to its cult status, the songs "The Ballad of Thunder Road" and "Whiporwil," both sung by Mitchum, spent time on Top 40 charts, and, along with the movie, are clearly alluded to by Bruce Springsteen in his own "Thunder Road."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
UPC:
0027616810120
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Collectible booklet

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Lucas "Luke" Doolin
Gene Barry Troy Barrett
Keely Smith Francie Wymore
Jacques Aubuchon Carl Kogan
James Mitchum Robin Doolin
Trevor Bardette Vernon Doolin
Sandra Knight Rozanna Ledbetter
Betsy Holt Mary Barrett
Frances Koon Sarah Doolin
Randy Sparks Singer/Guitarist
Peter Breck Stacey Gouge
Jerry Hardin Niles Penland
Robert Porterfield Preacher
Mitchell Ryan Jed Moultrie

Technical Credits
Arthur Ripley Director
Harry Marker Editor
Jack Marshall Score Composer
Robert Mitchum Songwriter,Original Story,Producer
James Atlee Phillips Screenwriter
Don Raye Songwriter
Alan Stensvold Cinematographer
Carlie Taylor Makeup
Frank Webster Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Wise Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Credits [4:29]
2. Mama's Bad News [4:20]
3. A Talk With Papa [2:39]
4. Business Meeting [5:44]
5. Dancing With Roxie [3:56]
6. Oiled Ambush [2:36]
7. Moonshine Delivery [4:50]
8. Nightclub Diva [3:31]
9. Going To See The Man [3:36]
10. Popped By The Cops [2:21]
11. Tough Interrogation [4:16]
12. Time Out For Love [4:14]
13. Dreaming Of Farming [1:59]
14. Big Brother's Advice [3:16]
15. Missed Hit [2:34]
16. Stopping The Clock [3:07]
17. The Arrest Begins [3:11]
18. 3-Day Delay [5:14]
19. "We're On Your Side" [3:15]
20. "This Is My Problem!" [3:30]
21. "You Can't Stop Me!" [6:31]
22. Talking Out Of Love [4:29]
23. Final Goodbye [3:05]
24. Luke's Last Run [5:49]

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Thunder Road 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie six times. It is a classic and Mitchum is seen in one of his coolest portrayals. Filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina and the surrounding Buncombe County area, a perfect backdrop for this backwoods 50's classic. The opening scene was filmed at the intersection of Clayton Road in South Asheville near Biltmore Baptist Church and NC 191 which is Brevard Road. The final crash scene was filmed only 1 mile away on NC 191 also. Both scenes were filmed in my community when I was 9 years old. Before James Bond we had Robert Mitchum and ''Thunder Road''
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