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Thunder Run (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 30 May 1986 (USA)
Charlie, a Korean War veteran, is driving a truck which is transporting plutonium from Nevada to Arizona. But there are a bunch of terrorists who want to steal the stuff...


Gary Hudson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Forrest Tucker ... Charlie Morrison
John Ireland ... George Adams
John Shepherd ... Chris
Jill Whitlow ... Kim
Wallace Langham ... Paul (as Wally Ward)
Cheryl M. Lynn Cheryl M. Lynn ... Jilly
Marilyn O'Connor Marilyn O'Connor ... Maggie
Graham Ludlow Graham Ludlow ... Mike
Alan Rachins ... Carlos
Tom Dugan ... Wolf
Danny Daniels ... Bard (as Danny D. Daniels)
Dennis Deal Dennis Deal ... General
James Ralston James Ralston ... Josh
Richard 'Robby' Robertson Richard 'Robby' Robertson ... Oscar
Bowd Beal ... Shawn


Charlie, a Korean War veteran, is driving a truck which is transporting plutonium from Nevada to Arizona. But there are a bunch of terrorists who want to steal the stuff... Written by Volker Boehm

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For 200 miles, the action never stops! See more »


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Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destruam o Thunder Run See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,975, 1 June 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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This was Forrest Tucker's final theatrical film. See more »


Charlie Morrison: We are fresh out of Molotov cocktails, baby!
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Cotton Eyed Joe
Performed by Isaac Payton Sweat and the Sweat Band
Produced by Don Jarnick
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Far-fetched truck driving movie, but Wow!
29 April 2005 | by lightninboySee all my reviews

Probably hardly anyone has even heard of this movie, and that's all right, because the only people who would care about it are truckers and hot rodders. As far as the plot goes, let's just say there's a secret government operation here, subject to terrorists and internal corruption. Forrest Tucker was a man many people today are not familiar with, but he had a lot of roles and was a common name. And then we have John Shepherd, who is not a familiar name but is worth checking out. His character drag races a Chevy pickup, apparently one of the fastest in existence, and it seems the girls flock to him two at a time. There's also a scene with the "Cotton-eyed Joe." Anyway, Forrest and John are trucking plutonium in a high-tech customized semi with the Chevy on board, just in case they need it. The Kenworth conventional tractor has a 8V-92 Detroit, apparently the best powerplant for this mission. Now for the best part of this whole movie: Where White Line Fever gives you a truck tractor jumping through the air, Thunder Run gives you a whole semi!! Later they have to abandon the rig and use the Chevy to escape from a 12V-71 Detroit-equipped Kenworth cabover which gets wrecked. Anyway, they get like $250,000 for the run, and John asks Forrest what they're going to spend it on, and, like a real man, Forrest says "On anything we damn well please!"

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