Thunder Road

Synopsis: A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison.
Director(s): Arthur Ripley
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

No, they wouldn't do it. Never have.

I'd better go up and talk to Papa.


Hey, Papa.

- Well, son? | - Niles Penland finally bought it last night.

Cot ambushed and killed | down on the Knoxville road.

So it begins.

Seen a corpse bird yesterday.

First one I seen in years. | Knew it was an ill omen.

I peg the guilt squarely on Mr Kogan.

Exactly who is this Kogan fellow, Papa?

Oh, Mr Kogan is a man with a big idea.

Wants to combine all the stills | in the valley, take all our makings.

Claims he's got territory round Memphis | and north Tennessee wrapped up now.

Says he'll guarantee us 4,000 a week.

You go on driving, you get the same pay | as you do now - maybe more.

Well, he's free with his money.

Maybe not so free either.

When he pays, he knows all the stills, | our stash locations, the retailers.

He come prepared. Seemed to know who | the folks were making moon around here.

After he left me, he talked to the Penlands, | Buchanans, the Couges.

Like me, they all said they'd let him know.

- What do you make of it? | - It's a shade harder than what I think.

Turning into the same rimption | they had in Phoenix City.

I don't think we oughta mess | with Mr Kogan's proposition.

You might be right.

While I draw this fleeting breath

When my eyes shall close in death

When I rise to worlds unknown

See thee on thy judgment throne

Rock of ages, cleft for me

Let me hide myself in thee

Let us pray.

I ask your blessings | on all these sinful sheep

who are gathered under your roof today | to worship thee.

And, Lord, be merciful | to one of our recent departed ones -

Niles Penland, son of Jessie Penland.

And, O Lord, | bless the men of this congregation

who were unable to attend | because of pressing business. Amen.


And now let's sing hymn 297.

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