Thunder Road (1958)

He’s got the need, the need for speed.

Jamming his foot through the gas pedal, Robert Mitchum outraces all the flatfoots in town in this fast-paced look at life among the Kentucky moonshiners.

Back from the Korean war and looking for some spending cash, the lanky, laconic one lights up another cigarette and goes to work for his daddy, staying one step ahead of the revenuers.

A little boozin’, a little fightin’, a lot of tires squealing add up to a genre classic.

A long-running staple at drive-in theaters, it played for decades, and can still rev its motor.

 

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