Thunder Road Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jim Mitchum, Keely Smith

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"Thunder Road" (1958) is one of the greatest "road" (and "guy") movies ever. Legendary Robert Mitchum plays Luke Doolan, a fearless driver who runs Kentucky moonshine to Appalachian "markets." Fighting both the law ("revenooers") and deadly extortionists, the mountain folk unite to maintain their way of life.
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Recently back from Korean War, Doolan developed both an appreciation for his family's unchanging (but illegal)way of life, as well as a recklessness which increases his reputation as the best of the local moonshine "drivers." Because of mob and government threats to his family business, he is very protective of his younger brother (played by his son), and resistant to the women who love him.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   catching/stopping killer Criminal enemy is...    -   law enforcement gone bad    -   gang conflict    -   stolen goods organization If this is a criminal POV story...    -   criminals portrayed sympathetically on the run

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   falling off

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   karate chop    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   frying (electrocuted)    -   flamed    -   drowned Any profanity?    -   None

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