Talk:Thunder Road (film)
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Thunder Road festival
A foot note that should be added is that there is a YEARLY festival held to commemorate Thunder Road in Rockwood, TN. (Held in April).
What do we think is a more popular search for "Thunder Road?" A 1958 crime drama or the signature song inspired by the film and popularized by Bruce Springsteen? Shouldn't this page go directly to that song and then provide a disambg page for everything else? Or am I just coming out of left field (Or New Jersey) with this idea? JasonCNJ (talk) 09:06, 28 October 2009 (UTC)
When I think of "Thunder Road" I think first of Robert Mitchum's iconic 1958 movie and then of the theme song from the 1958 movie (which, as the entry states, Mitchum didn't sing in the movie but recorded for Capitol Records which released it as a single). No disrespect intended, JasonCNJ, but that's how I see it. FYI, regarding Bruce Springsteen, the first song that I think of is "Born To Run."
The original Thunder Road?
In North Carolina foothills and in East Tennessee there are some roads named Thunder. But they are all late comers. Newport, Tennessee is hailed by many people of east Tennessee as the Moonshine Capital. Certainly it was a focus of various associated activities during the years of prohibition... and continued into the 21st century to my personal knowledge.
Douglas Lake is a manmade lake located to the north and northwest of Newport. From the time it into being in the mid 1940's the French Broad River valley has been flooded and roads and buildings have been on the lake bed. During a very dry year the combination of drought and dam control leaves the lake waters extremely reduced. When the water receded in 2007-8 many tracks and roads could be seen and driven over. I drove south towards Newport along hwy 25E several times during that period. After crossing the old bridge going south, the highway follows the lake shore and to the west of the road I could see the old concrete highway that had been covered by the lake. I was told by more than one person that this was part of the real Thunder Road. A mile or so south of the bridge is the Thunder Road Grill which also has a bearing on the old road. In the days before interstates, it would have been a good and fast all-year route from the area to get to other roads heading to Knoxville and Bristol. It's very easy to see how the road would have been used to transport moonshine. I have no idea about proving this by a documented source so I cannot add it to the article, but I think it is worth mentioning on talk page anyway.184.108.40.206 (talk) 20:12, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
No critical discussion
I see no critical assessment of this movie in its article. Surely, someone should point out, that like many cult films, Thunder Road is a turkey of a film by usual standards.