More Savage Than The Tommy-Gun Massacre of the Roaring Twenties...TODAY'S BILLION-DOLLAR WHISKEY WAR!
A father comes home to Tennessee from the "police action" in Korea to take over operation of the family moonshine making operation, but runs afoul of some gangsters who want in on the action.
It’s not amazing, but it’s fun, funny and memorable, which is close to the same thing. Good music. Nice engine roars. There’s one car crash that’s just amazing. Lemme spoil it: the car spins out, and skids off the road. Okay, no big deal. Then, wait, now it’s going downhill. And gaining speed. And then it catches fire! And tumbles end over end! And THEN it plunges into a waterfall! Exhilarating. Also, how could Mitchum’s character not go for Roxy?
Thunder Road has a reputation as one of the great American drive-in movies, if not the greatest, having played that circuit, particularly in the South, for many years. It is also perhaps star Robert Mitchum’s most personal movie and he was involved in its production on almost every level. The story was his conception, he produced the movie, personally supervised the casting procedure and at one stage sought a then still rebellious Elvis Presley for the lead role (Presley’s agents would have none of this apparently). Mitchum selected the crew and director and wrote many of the songs featured in the movie. Although he did not direct it himself, he was very much involved in determining the visual look of…