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Thunder Road (1958)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lucas Doolin
Troy Barrett
Carl Kogan
Keely Smith ...
Francie Wymore
Vernon Doolin
Sandra Knight ...
Roxanna Ledbetter
Robin Doolin


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. Written by

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Raw And Rough As Today's Billion-Dollar Whiskey War! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

10 May 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jack O'Diamonds  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.78 : 1
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Inspiration for the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name. See more »


When Lucas Doolan is being chased by Kogan's goons, he pulls a knob, spraying oil on the road. The goons go over the cliff and it is obvious the car going over the cliff is a different car. It does not even have a rear bumper or tail lights. See more »


Vernon Doolin: [referring to Niles Penlands being ambushed] So it begins. Saw a corpse bird the other day, hadn't seen one in years, shoulda known it was an ill omen.
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Edited into The Twilight Zone: The Prime Mover (1961) See more »


Ballad of Thunder Road
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Composed by Robert Mitchum
Sung by Robert Mitchum
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Has a strange charm I can't put a finger to....
14 February 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

THUNDER ROAD opens with a bang! A bumper snatcher (Government car that rips back bumpers off the cars they chase) grabs the plate off the hot rod belonging to the most sought after moonshiner in the business, Lucas Doolin. Doolin is probably the coolest Robert Mitchum performance. With his sleepy eyes, he slaps around the rival moonshiners, basically tells the ATF boys they'll never get him, tries to keep his younger brother (Played by Mitchum's 17 year old son, Jim.) away from the moon business. The film has a real charm to it, basically because the film never sneers at the hillbilly culture it depicts. Reportingly, the drive in classic of the 1960's, and I can see why. Recommended viewing.

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