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Thunder Road [DVD]

Robert Mitchum , Gene Barry , James Mitchum    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchan, Keely Smith, Trevor Bardette
  • Directors: James Mitchum
  • Producers: Jack Marshall
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00066KWII
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,622 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Robert Mitchum wrote and produced this crime drama, now considered a cult classic, in which he also stars. Lucas Doolin (Mitchum), a Korean War veteran, returns home to Tennessee to find the family business - 'moonshining' (or transporting illegal alcohol across state lines) - in trouble. Car chases abound as Doolin and his two brothers, Robin (James Mitchum) and Vernon (Trevor Bardette) race wildly through the night, trying to shake off not only the law-enforcing Treasury Department agents, but a local crime syndicate that is trying to muscle in on the Doolin family's hard-won territory.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitchum's Drive-In Classic 5 Mar 2005
Robert Mitchum excels as a hillbilly moonshiner with both the law
and big-city criminals hot on his heels. Mitchum wrote the story, and even the title song. His son plays his kid brother ( a role Mitchum tried to get Elvis Presley to play).This little gem is rumoured to be the most popular movie ever in american Drive-Ins,and is a kind of rock'n'roll car-chase movie that is still highly entertaining with a great performance from the coolest actor ever.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Thunder Road is something of a disappointment, but one that's not without interest. Practically creating a whole genre and with it laying the groundwork for Burt Reynolds' career, it stars Robert Mitchum as a moonshine runner facing the wrath of both the Revenuers and a crime syndicate trying to muscle in on the Good Ole Boys trade. Both moonshiners and revenuers have codes of honour and believe, not without justification, that they're both representatives of the American way: there's no real malice between them, more a balance of nature approach that is threatened on both sides by Jacques Aubuchon's mobster. Despite the setup and the car chases along mountain roads, the film is surprisingly low-key - even the great title song gets an incredibly laid back rendition that's nowhere near as much fun as Mitchum's record version - yet at times its weaknesses almost seem strengths. Mitchum's interest in independent productions at the height of his career resulted in a few films that were distinctly rough around the edges, and at times this borders on the amateurish, filmed on real locations with poor acoustics and variable performances and feeling more like an authentic drive-in movie aimed at them thrill-crazy kids complete with Hillbilly rock soundtrack than the fatalistic noirs that made his reputation. Yet it's hard to dislike even if it doesn't quite live up to its potential.

The DVD transfer is variable - acceptable but with a few scenes that look even more rough and ready than probably intended. Although the US DVD includes a theatrical trailer, there are no extras on the PAL disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thunder Road 24 Jan 2011
By Jean
I thought this film would have had a bit more gusto to it, but I still enjoyed watching it, as long as RM was in it! I like the old fashion look about it and ways, it was a bit rough around the edges, but if RM had the chance he would have done much better as time went on. I would definitely watch it again. I notice he had a mother and father in this film and I can't help thinking he enjoyed that, because as the books stated, he lost his father when he was a baby. Loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cars from 50's in action 16 Jun 2013
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As a classic car lover I was happy to see some of the great cars of the 50's in action. My first car was a 1950 Ford tudor sedan like the one in the movie, not a coupe as stated by the federeral agent.
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