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Thunder in the Sun (1959)

 |  Western  |  8 April 1959 (USA)
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1850 adventure story of the Basque immigrants on their way to California, their struggle with the Indians, and the development of a complicated love triangle.



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Gabrielle Dauphin
Pepe Dauphin
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Carl Esmond ...
Andre Dauphin
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Fernando Christophe
Bertrand Castelli ...
Edmond Duquette
Felix Locher ...
Albert Carrier
Michèle Marly
Alberto Villa ...
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1850 adventure story of the Basque immigrants on their way to California, their struggle with the Indians, and the development of a complicated love triangle.

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Release Date:

8 April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Donner in der Sonne  »

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It's just a Hollywood Western, guys!
20 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If we want Hollywood to get historical and ethnic content correct, then there are precious few movies ever made in Hollywood that are above reproach. Come on! This is just a grade B Hollywood western, and when I saw it back when it came out, I was so entertained and moved by it that I remember it even to this day as a first rate entertainment with unforgettable thrills and spills. Who really cares if the Basques and the native Americans were portrayed accurately? When did Hollywood EVER do that for any group? The reason I looked the movie up here in the first place was because I thought about it for the thousandth time since I saw it and decided it is high time to watch it again. I remembered Susan Hayward (who could forget her?) but couldn't remember who the male lead was. Jeff Chandler, I see now. I just want to say that while I sincerely respect and understand the criticism of the typical Hollywood shallow, thoughtless approach to ethnic and historical accuracy, if you can get past that -- as you MUST do if you're ever going to enjoy these old flicks for what they are worth -- the movie is a whole lot of fun to watch.

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