Directed by Arthur Ripley
Starring Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon, Keely Smith
Here in North Carolina, Thunder Road (1958) — Robert Mitchum’s tale of runnin’ moonshine, is part of our heritage. Filmed around Asheville, it was a staple at small town drive-ins for decades. For the rest of the world, it’s a tough little indie movie with Mitchum driving a 1950 Mercury full of hootch like a bat outta hell, with Gene Barry as a federal man hot on his trail.
And now it’s on its way to Blu-ray in April. I’m glad it’s in the capable hands of the folks at Shout Factory, who I’m sure will treat it like a fine batch of sippin’ whiskey. The old full-frame DVD always drove me nuts.
And dig this: Bear Family has the soundtrack.
Thanks to Dick Vincent for the tip.