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Thunder Road (1958)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  10 May 1958 (USA)
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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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Lucas Doolin
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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YOU'LL NEED SHOCK ABSORBERS! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Film debut of Peter Breck. See more »

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In the opening where Luke's '50-'51 Ford rolls over and is immediately able to drive off, you'll notice as it rolls it's obviously resting on its side. Quick editing gives the impression that it landed on all four wheels. See more »

Quotes

Lucas Doolin: [to a noisy customer, about the nightclub's singer] She's trying to make a living. If you want to bray, go find yourself a barnyard.
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Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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The Whipoorwill
Composed by Robert Mitchum and Don Raye
Sung by Keely Smith
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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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