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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 the police who are trying to put him in prison. Written by
In the scene at the gas station where Jed Moultrie and the treasury agent are the victims of a car bomb planted by Kogan's men, there is a dark-colored early '50s Mercury parked at the gas pumps. The force of the explosion supposedly causes it to roll on it's side, however a heavy cable can be seen attached to the roof of the car and being used to pull it over. In fact, the Mercury starts to roll over slightly in advance of the explosion. See more »
[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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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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