RARA-AVIS: More Thunder Road

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 03 Jan 2001

Like Crider, I saw the Mitchum/James Atlee Philips movie "Thunder Road" in the theater. I also saw it at least twice at a drive-in movie, which may be the ultimate way to view it. It was a true cult film in the south and ran endlessly at drive-ins and theaters. As most of the deep south was still
"dry" by law in the 1950s (& 1960s for that matter), bootlegging was a well-established activity.

Some of the location filming for "Thunder Road" was done near Asheville, N.C. and when I visited my relatives up there they took great pride in that fact and took me through some of the hairpin curves used in the movie.

I was such a Mitchum fan that I bought his Capitol Record album "Calypso is like so" when it was new in the stores.

Richard Moore

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