Thunder Road (1958) 3.14/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 72.1
Genre: Crime
Duration: 92 mins
Director: Arthur Ripley
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon

Neither a typical road movie nor thriller, this 50’s cult classic focuses on a community of bootleggers who defy the law by hiding their stills way out in the mountainside and transporting their shine in muscle cars faster than anything the police have on the roads. Based on Robert Mitchum’s own story, Thunder Road follows Luke Doolin (the fastest of all the transporters) and his battle with both a police task force set up specifically to catch him and an organised crime network determined to take over his family’s patch. Thunder Road is an original movie which stands squarely on the broad charismatic shoulders of Robert Mitchum as Luke. Given the unconventional nature of the premise and its lead actor, it feels exactly like a cult classic should. The chase scenes are few but excellent and hard-hitting, the drama is sufficiently engaging, and the end provides us with a great pay-off. Furthermore, you get a chance to see some well acted scenes between Mitchum and his eldest son who stars as his younger brother. What more could you want?

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