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
 
IMDB:
6.7
Rotten Tomatoes:
70%
APPROVED
Year:
1958
92 min
1,149 Views


Each year, the millions of gallons | of illegal whisky

manufactured | in the south-eastern United States

represents millions of dollars in taxes | lost to the American people.

The A & TTU, in their continuing | service to their country,

have within one year captured | over 10,000 stills

and impounded over 3,000 of the powerful | vehicles used by the transporters -

those wild and reckless men | who transport illegal whisky

from its source to its point of distribution.

This is the story of a transporter | and his opposite number -

an agent of the US Treasury.

- Raider One calling Raider Base. | - Go ahead, Raider One.

This one's gone on. | Lost him and he's loaded.

He's driving a 1950 Ford two-door coupe. | He's got a racing mill under his hood.

- What licence? | - Never mind that.

I'll bring you his plate - | it's hanging on our car.

- The kingpin again? | - That's right. A real stampeder.

Over and out.

His luck can't hold out forever.

Yeah, Mike. We got time on our side. | Let's head back to the barn.

Oh, let me tell the story

I can tell it all

About the whippoorwill | who ran illegal alcohol

His daddy made the whisky

The son he drove the load

And when his engine roared | they called the highway Thunder Road

Sometimes into Asheville

Sometimes Memphis town

The Revenuers chased him, | but they couldn't run him down

Each time they thought they had him, | his engine would explode

And he'd go by like they | were standing still on Thunder Road

Thunder, Thunder | Over Thunder Road

Thunder was his engine | and white lightning was his load

Moonshine, moonshine | To quench the devil's thirst

The law they never got him

Cos the devil got him first

- You got a new car. | - Repaint job.

- Hi, Robin. | - Hi, Roxy.

New bumper. | Must have been a close one.

It was pretty close.

That was a good idea of yours | putting that drop lever on.

There's a Treasury agent | with three bumpers hanging on his car.

- Whose car is that? Niles Penland? | - He brought some stuff up for Mom.

- Coming to the dance tomorrow, Luke? | - Not tomorrow. I'll be in Memphis.

- But Robin will keep you company. | - You have to high-speed 'em?

Yeah. I pushed her hard, | so look everything over good.

That right rear tyre's frayed. | Change that. Keep a list.

Don't fuss. I reckon I know | as much about this car as you do.

You know more about it, | but I have to sit in it.

- How's your papa, Niles? | - He's still got the misery in his legs.

I think it's that poison-oak salve | he's been using.

- Hi, Luke. How's it going? | - Pretty fair.

- You loaded? | - Yeah. For Knoxville.

How about giving Roxy a tote back?

Lt'd be a purdee pleasure. Come on, Roxy.

You take it easy, Niles.

Watch him, Roxy. | You gotta watch him every minute.

- Where's Papa? | - Up the hill.

Why don't you buy yourself | some new clothes, Ma?

You don't have to dress | like you're going to a funeral.

The money you make | might as well be counterfeit.

If I buy anything I'd like to, | the news'll be all round.

Somebody will ask me where I got it. | You know that.

Co on and get some sleep.

I have to make it real early in the morning. | If I'm not up by six, give me a shake.

Robin.

Cood food, good meat, | it's getting late, let's eat.

Now get up and do it right.

Heavenly Father, we thank thee | for the gifts we are about to receive.

Yes? This is her.

What?

Thank you for calling, Roxanna.

Niles Penland was ambushed and killed | last night outside of Knoxville.

Poor Mr Penland. He worshipped that boy.

You think the Revenuers | have started that kind of stuff?

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