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.
Robert Mitchum - American Actor, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955)
Bob Mitchum - American Actor, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955)
Peter Breck - American TV/Film Actor
Gene Barry - American actor, BURKE'S LAW
Sandra Knight - Actress/1950s
Jim Mitchum - American Supporting Actor
James Mitchum - American Supporting Actor
Trevor Bardette - American Actor
James Phillips - Supporting Actor
Keely Smith - American Actor
Arthur Ripley - American Director/Screenwriter
Mitchell Ryan - American Actor
Jerry Hardin - American Actor
Walter Wise - Screenwriter
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.
Robert Mitchum wrote the screen story for this film, as well as producing and starring. DRM is his production company. He even co-wrote the theme song, "Whippoorwill" with Don Raye. Co-star Jim Mitchum is the son of Robert Mitchum.
"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." - 12/01/2004 Uncut, p.182