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Thunder Road (2018)

A police officer faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother.

Director:

Jim Cummings

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Jim Cummings
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Credited cast:
Jim Cummings ... Officer Jim Arnaud
Kendal Farr ... Crystal Arnaud
Nican Robinson ... Officer Nate Lewis
Jocelyn DeBoer ... Rosalind Arnaud
Chelsea Edmundson ... Morgan Arnaud
Macon Blair ... Dustin Zahn
Ammie Masterson ... Celia Lewis (as Ammie Leonards)
Bill Wise ... The Captain
Jordan Ray Fox ... Officer Doug
Frank Mosley ... Homeless Man
Jacqueline Doke ... Jocelyn
Chris Doubek ... Guy in a Nice Suit on a Bicycle
Tristan Riggs ... Tony
Kevin Olliff ... Chris (as William Kevin Olliff)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Allman ... Phil
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Jim Arnaud, a police officer in a Texas town, always tries to do the right thing, but he has more often than not done the wrong thing resulting in having a less than perfect life. He often tries to plan his actions whenever he can, but his impetuous nature and hot-temperedness often makes him do something else he didn't plan, while he also does not have the best gauge of what is socially acceptable or what is standard social convention. In that imperfect life, he didn't have the best relationship with his dancer/dance teacher mother, as didn't his two siblings. He and his wife Ros have been separated for a year now on her initiative, which has resulted in him only seeing their now nine year old daughter Crystal on the weekends. And many of his fellow officers only tolerate him, including the police chief, with his married partner, Nate Lewis, looking out for him as much as he can do so. Two events have the potential to unravel Jim's life even further. First, his mother passes away. He... Written by Huggo

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The beginning of the film is a recreation of the original short film. See more »

Quotes

Jarvis: How come you couldn't tell?
Celia Lewis: 'cause sometimes your father only sees the good in people.
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References The Fast and the Furious (2001) See more »

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Shouldn't work. Does.
23 October 2018 | by Smallclone100See all my reviews

It's not often I enjoy a film with such constant tonal shifts throughout, but I did with this one. The film essentially made me laugh, made me emotive and made me think - which is all a viewer can ask for really. Right from the extraordinary opening monologue, the film grabs the viewer and reels you into the heady mix of comedy and tragedy. Some are going to hate this movie because of that. There are moments of black comedy placed into scenes of real drama - which shouldn't really work. But it does. For me at least.

The focus is on single parenting, life, stress, happiness, anxiety, mental health, love. Jim Cummings wrote, directed and starred in it - and you can tell he totally believed in this project by the performance he puts in. Although he can possibly be accused of overracting at times, he is quite brilliant at others. There are some flawed moments - some real "wtf" scenes with a potential dealbreaking third act.

The placement of comedy is the talking point in many places. But overall I would recommend this movie for those who are suckers for an indie dramedy. 7.5 / 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Austin Texas, USA

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Budget:

$191,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$456,304
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