Thunder in the Sun

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Thunder in the Sun
Thunder in the Sun FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Russell Rouse
Produced by Clarence Greene
Written by Russell Rouse
Stewart Stern
Based on story by James Hill
Guy Trosper
Starring Susan Hayward
Jeff Chandler
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Edited by Chester W. Schaeffer
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
April 8, 1959
Running time
81 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.8 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Thunder in the Sun is a 1959 western film directed by Russell Rouse starring Susan Hayward and Jeff Chandler.


The film shows a family of French Basque immigrants pioneering into the Wild West while carrying their ancestral vines. Hard drinking trail driver Lon Bennett is hired to lead them and he falls for the spirited Gabrielle Dauphin.

The film is infamous among Basques for its misunderstandings of Basque customs, such as the use of the xistera (a device of the jai alai sport) as a weapon or shouting irrintzi ululations as meaningful communication.[citation needed] Other commentators, though, have noted the well staged action scenes, the absorbing story, and the excellent cinematography.


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  1. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34

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