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Thunder in the Sun (1959)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 8 April 1959 (USA)
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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Russell Rouse

Writers:

James Hill (story), Russell Rouse | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Susan Hayward ... Gabrielle Dauphin
Jeff Chandler ... Lon Bennett
Jacques Bergerac ... Pepe Dauphin
Blanche Yurka ... Louise Dauphin
Carl Esmond ... Andre Dauphin
Fortunio Bonanova ... Fernando Christophe
Bertrand Castelli Bertrand Castelli ... Edmond Duquette
Felix Locher Felix Locher ... Danielle
Albert Carrier ... Basque
Michèle Marly Michèle Marly ... Basque
Alberto Villa Alberto Villa ... Basque (as Albert Villasainte)
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In 1847, a group of fifty-two French Basques, including women and children, sets-out from Independence, Missouri to California. These settlers left Europe behind to escape the famine, unrest and aftermaths of the Napoleonic Wars. They bring with them their few belongings, customs and a few grapevines they hope to plant into the fertile Californian soil. They learn English on-the-fly from the younger men who speak it a little. In Independence, they purchase wagons, mules and provisions. They also hire a local trail master for a fee. The trail master, Lon Bennett, is skilled but he likes women and booze too much. When Lon Bennett learns that his Basques only have seven wagons he argues they should join a major wagon train of 20-30 wagons. Strength in numbers, no doubt, but large wagon trains could take weeks to assemble and the Basques cannot wait. Bennett tries to bail-out of his commitment but he already had spent the fee the Basques paid him by partying in the local hotel-saloon with... Written by nufs68

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THE SUN NEVER BLAZED ON A MORE SAVAGE SAGA! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Between the Thunder and the Sun See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It's just a Hollywood Western, guys!
20 January 2008 | by jstubblefield-2See 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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