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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More Savage Than The Tommy-Gun Massacre of the Roaring Twenties...TODAY'S BILLION-DOLLAR WHISKEY WAR! (original poster) 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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1.85 : 1
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Feature-film debut of Jerry Hardin. 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 »


Lucas Doolin: [talking on pay telephone] Hello, Kogan?... Doolin.
Carl Kogan: What's on your mind, Mr. Doolin?
Lucas Doolin: You. You're on my mind. You finally made the big mistake tonight, Kogan. Niles Penland was a mistake... Jethro Moultrie and Williams - that was a mistake, that was a big mistake, a bad mistake, but tonight you made the *big* mistake. You put your dirty, fat hands on my kid brother. I swore I'd *kill* anybody who tried to make him a whisky runner. I'm on my way into Memphis right now, and when I get there you're ...
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The Whipoorwill
Composed by Robert Mitchum and Don Raye
Sung by Keely Smith
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Loved Those Cars And Chase Scenes
28 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Someone one here labeled this film "hillybilly film noir." I think that's a great description of this movie. This is about the good 'ole boys racing their souped- up '50s Fords around country roads, running moonshine and trying to evade both cops and gangsters. In fact, I wish they had more of those chase scenes because, even with primitive special-effects, they were fun to watch. The ending chase would have been longer, if I had my way.

Mitchum is fun to watch in here, too. He just looked like a rugged guy, a "man's man," as they say. His kid brother Jim made his film debut in here and wasn't bad for a beginner. He and another beginner, singer Keely Smith, are a bit wooden but passable as actors. Keely also had an interesting face.

I think this is one of those films that gets better with each viewing. Highly recommended.

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