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  • Actors: James Stewart, Joanne Dru, Gilbert Roland, Dan Duryea, Jay Flippen
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Producers: Aaron Rosenberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan. 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWHOG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,818 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anthony Mann directs this drama starring James Stewart as navy engineer turned business prospector Steve Martin, who arrives in a small Louisiana town with a dream of building a platform for lucrative offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. But he and his business partner Johnny (Dan Duryea) come up against fierce opposition from the local community, and in particular shrimp boat captain Dominique Rigaud (Antonio Moreno). Things are further complicated when Steve falls for Rigaud's daughter, Stella (Joanne Dru).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2010
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"Thunder Bay" is one of those films that have been largely forgotten, which is understandable as it is a very forgettable film. It is not a bad film, but more the sort you would watch on midweek TV in the afternoon to while away the hours, if you can afford such luxury. This is surprising given the fact it is directed by Anthony Mann, and starred his favourite actor James Stewart before they fell out during the making of "Night Passage". The two made a magnificent series of westerns together in the fifties that lifted the genre to new heights. Sadly this film falls some way short of that high benchmark for excellence. Although set in 1946 in Louisiana, Optimum releasing have included it in their western classics collection, which seems very astute as it contains all the elements of those films and could well be termed a modern western. I note Optimum have also included John Wayne's curious "Legend of the Lost" in their western classics collection, which falls in exactly the same bracket.

The story concerns James Stewart as an ambitious oilman who dreams of wealth under the seas off Louisiana. He and his sidekick Dan Duyea arrive broke in a small community dependent on shrimping for their livelihood. The two gain financing for an offshore rig through an oil tycoon, and construction begins. But the community is moved to violent action when the men start dynamiting the shrimp beds, and romancing their womenfolk. Such wildcatting is a high risk business. Will the men strike oil in time, before the plug is pulled, or worse they are put out of business by the locals.

Perhaps all this sounds familiar to the western fan. The oilmen could be seen as the big bad cattlemen, and the shrimp fishermen as the homesteaders. Think "Shane"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 May 2014
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Thunder Bay is directed by Anthony Mann and written by Gil Doud and George W. George. It stars James Stewart, Joanne Dru, Dan Duryea, Gilbert Roland and Jay C. Flippen. Music is by Frank Skinner and cinematography by William H. Daniels.

Offshore oil drillers set up base at Port Felicity, Louisiana and find the town’s shrimpers are not at all happy about this threat to their livelihood. Conflict and affairs of the heart do follow.

One of the eight films that James Stewart and Anthony Mann made together, Thunder Bay was relevant in topicality upon its release, and remains so today. Whilst lacking the psychological smarts that the duo’s Western productions had, it’s a handsome production with the expected qualities in front of and behind the cameras. There’s a lot of talky passages, which given the subject matter pulsing away at the core is understandable, but Mann ensures that action and suspense is never far away. It all builds to a crescendo, with loose ends and quibbles conveniently tied up in a Hollywood bow, but such is the skills of actors and director it rounds out as good and thorough entertainment. 7/10
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr Mabuse on 28 April 2009
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This is not a patch on the Anthony Mann/James Stewart Westerns that number among the greatest of the genre, such as 'The Man From Laramie' and 'The Naked Spur'. All the familiar features are there, even a storyline that has the Stewart character as put upon but stubborn.

In short, the elements of a great film but on this occasion lacking the alchemy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Offbeat Stewart/Mann 9 April 2003
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James Stewart and director Anthony Mann used to alternate their Western pictures with contemporary stories during the 1950's and this is one of their efforts. It's certainly one of the most unusual plots ever to make it to the American screen: about the development of offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after WW2. Stewart had his usual family of regulars around him, the best being Dan Duryea. Stewart gives a compelling portrayal of a man possessed by an industrial vision. Even his gorgeous romantic interest Joanne Dru is a minor distraction from his main love, his oil rig. Written by John Michael Hayes, who went on to write two of Stewart's classics with Hitchcock: "Rear Window" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Widescreen Version Would Be Nice 2 Jun. 2009
By Craig Connell - Published on Amazon.com
This was decent entertainment but nothing special, which it could have been with the likes of James Stewart, Joanne Dru, Dan Duryea and Gilbert Roland, Director Anthony Mann.....and an awesome widescreen transfer.

This moive is supposed to be very good widescreen viewing but, unfortunately, it still hasn't been issued on that format. I am stuck with a formatted-to-TV tape until a separate Region 1 widescreen DVD is released on this film. What's the holdup?

Duryea and Stewart played their normal interesting roles. This is mainly storytelling, even though it's listed as an "action movie." There is very little violence. It's simply a story of some people who are the first to successfully drill oil offshore and the resistance they get from the local fishermen. Today, they would be getting "drilled" from all kinds of environmentalist groups.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Thunder Bay": Worth A Look 7 Jan. 2014
By john mcgowan - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked it a lot. I thought the fight with James Stewart scene amidst the storm with his adversary was incredible for its time. The special effects were very realistic. Joann Dru never looked better. Dan Duryea showed his range as a"good" guy this time around. Gilbert Roland showed depth when depressed and guilt ridden over the loss of his friend. The cinematography stood up well. All in all a very solid film!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Thunder We Need Today! 22 Oct. 2009
By Stephen Dolson - Published on Amazon.com
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Two wildcaters (James Stewart and Dan Duryea) head to a small town on the Mississippi River Delta with a dream to build an off shore oil drilling rig, tow it out to sea, sink it, and drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon, the oilmen meet resistance from the townsmen who make their living in the Gulf of Mexico by fishing and shrimping. The fishermen have a dream to, to find the Golden Shrimp that has alluded them for years. The fishermen fear that the exploration and extraction of oil and gas will ruin their industry. After a run in with the townsmen and an attempt of sabotage, the oilmen continue to drill and eventually strike oil thus realizing their dream of offshore oil and gas extraction. The humming sound of the pumps that pump sea water into the rig attracks the Golden Shrimp thus clogging the pump inlet screens. At the suggestion of the wildcater (Stewart), the fisherman (Gilbert Roland) is to collect the Golden Shrimp around the oil rig thus eliminating the clogged screens and providing the fishermen with their dream as well. Everyone wins!!!!!!

The movie is refreshing and industrious and it portrays what America used to be, optomistic, adventurous, courageous, and fearless in it's endevour to be the greatest nation on earth. The movie also displays some common sense and logic; such as, not only is fish and shrimp a natural resource but oil is natural resource too. Yes, oil is a natural product produced by and in the earth over millions of years. We refine this natural oil (called crude oil) to be turned into gasoline and kerosine that is used in jets and cars which apprently all of us use including hollywood-types, environmentalists, and federal and state goverments! James Stewart is fantastic in his roll as an oilman and Dan Duryea as his foreman. Joanne Dru (in blue jeans) is hot as a local daughter of fisherman. Gilbert Roland provides a fantastic portrail of a Rajun-Cajun fisherman. See the movie, lots of oil, love, and a few fights, you will enjoy it. In addition, the movie, in an around about way, explains why we must have the this kind of thunder today in order to maintain the American way of life and rid ourselves of foreign oil and the tyranny and corruption attached to it!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Okay action drama 13 Dec. 2007
By F. J. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
It was James Stewart himself who summed up this movie best ."They wanted a picture with Jimmy Stewart and we concocted one"Undeniably ,there hangs over the picture a sense of movie making by numbers -a bit of action,a bit of romance ,a bit of conflict and violence with everything exacerbated by a natural disaster towards the end of the picture .

This is not to imply this is a bad movie -it is nothing of the sort being perfectly entertaining if predictable .It does come as a let down after the excellence of the Westerns that Stewart and director Anthony Mann made together around this time -The Far Country ,The Naked Spur,Winchester '73 .Bend of the River and The Man From Laramie.These went some way to redefining the whole genre .This is not as innovative but is rattling good entertainment all the same.

Stewart plays an oil man named Steve Martin who with partner Johhny Gambi (Dan Duryea)want to drill for oil under the waters in the Gulf of Mexico .This does not sit well with the local shrimpers who fear the drilling will drive away the shrimp upon which they depend for their livelihood.Opposition is lead by Techo Bossier (Gilbert Roland )an ooposition manifested in violence ans some sexual tension as romance blossoms between Stewart and Joanne Dru ,a member of a shrimping family

The movie was somewhat ahead of its time in its eco message and benefits from good location shooting in the Gulf of Mexico .Stewart brings intensity and conviction to hois role and you can always rely on such stalwarts as Duryea ,Jay C Flippen ,Roland and Henry Morgan for quality acting .The women ,Dru and Marcia henderson are less impactful

I would have rated this a star higher but for the quality of the other work done by this star/director combination .As it is you have an enjoyable if unoriginal tale with good production values and lots of lively action
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