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(1958)

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All of the "moonrunner" cars in the film had actually been used by moonshiners in the Asheville, NC, area, where the film was shot. The moonshiners sold the cars to the film company in order to buy newer and faster cars.
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The role of Robin was offered to Elvis Presley, who was very interested, but the idea was nixed by Presley's manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker, who demanded more money for Presley's services than the producers were willing to spend.
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The locations heard in the song "Thunder Road" (sung by Robert Mitchum) actually describe real places in east Tennessee and Kentucky. The "Thunder Road" route runs south from Harlan, KY, thru The Cumberland Gap to Maynardville, TN, just north of Knoxville. The moonshine runner then goes through downtown Knoxville and onto Kingston Pike where he crashes on Bearden Hill (Bearden is a Knoxville suburb). The route is easily followed on a map.
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Inspiration for the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name.
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The 1950 Ford that Robert Mitchum drives in the beginning is actually a 1951 Ford with a 1950 grille and the chrome windsplits removed. The giveaway: the V-8 emblems, the "Ford Custom" emblems on the front fenders, the dashboard and steering wheel.
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Final film of director Arthur Ripley.
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Robert Mitchum and his son James Mitchum play brothers.
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Film debut of Peter Breck.
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Robert Mitchum had a hit recording of the song "Thunder Road".
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Of the major stars of this movie only two are still alive. They James Mitchum son of Robert and Sandra Knight.
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Feature-film debut of Jerry Hardin.
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Near the beginning of the film, when Lucas' father is at the still, the calls of a whippoorwill are heard.
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First of three films produced by Robert Mitchum's production company, D.R.M. Productions. The other two films are The Wonderful Country (1959) and The Night Fighters (1960).
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Feature film debuts of James Mitchum and Sandra Knight.
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