Uncut - 12/01/2004
"THUNDER ROAD stands as spiritual granddaddy to all those '60s and '70s road movies that take the endless American highway as existential parable....None of them ever made death-tripping this much fun."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Transporting illegal alcohol over dark two-lane mountain highways, Lucas Doolin (Mitchum) races wildly through the night, crashing road blocks and outrunning ambushes, defying anyone who tries to stop him. "A man has a right to do anything," he says, "including making whiskey, as long as he makes it on his own land." But when ruthless racketeers muscle in on Doolin's territory - and kill one of his men in the process - the Kentucky bootlegger declares war, fiercely determined to maintain his hard-won business and independence...even if it costs him his life.
Boasting "breathtaking auto chase scenes" (The Film Daily) and a superb performance from Robert Mitchum, Thunder Road is breathtaking excitement - the most exhilarating road thriller of them all.
Mitchum's real-life son plays his kid brother in this battle-and-chase crime drama of a Kentucky moonshiner, the Feds who oppose him, and the mobsters who try to take him over. In an atypical casting move, love interest is supplied in the person of chanteuse Keely Smith.
The members of Lucas Doolin's family have been Kentucky moonshiners for many generations. Lucas attempts to carry on the tradition by transporting the illegal whiskey to Southern markets. This becomes more and more difficult, because not only is U.S. Treasury Department agents cracking down on bootleggers, but a powerful racketeer now wants a corner on the market, and Lucas and his friends are in his way.