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Thunder Road

Thunder Road

DVD - 2018
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It tells the story of flawed police officer Jim Arnaud, who lives a shambolic life that's somehow made even worse by his mother's passing. His only stability comes in the shape of his daughter, Crystal, who he tries to father, amidst messy divorce proceedings with his estranged wife, Roz, as best as he can.
Publisher: Warren, NJ : Passion River, [2018].
ISBN: 9786317493650
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Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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voisjoe1_0
Feb 23, 2021

Kind of wacky and zany. If you are in the mood for this type of thing, this film proves that one can still make a decent film without spending millions of dollars.

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2021

The film's premise is a tribute to Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" song which ends with "Mary, climb in... It's a town full of losers... And I'm pulling out of here to win." There are numerous wonderful films, tragic to uplifting with many shades in between, about characters growing up and living in small towns. But this "no budget" drama is uniquely painful to labor through watching over an unbearable loser of a "heart stricken" character for 90 minutes. Thank goodness for the DVD player's fast forward button.

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Markines
Mar 16, 2020

This was well acted, hilarious and sweet. The humour is in the dialogue and was quirky like Napoleon Dynamite

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P58Jackson
May 14, 2019

Slow and foolish with extremely little, if any, merrit.

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justicelawman
May 04, 2019

I was bored out of my tree, felt like I was getting a root canal at the local overpaid dentist office, lots of deadbeat movies out there...

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B00ks2go
Apr 20, 2019

I guess I'm just not "sophisticated" enough to enjoy other people's pain, humiliation, and mental illness.

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richardcsater
Feb 03, 2019

"Flawed" is right ... Jim Cummings may be talented (he wrote, directed and starred), but THUNDER ROAD is an unpleasant and uncomfortable portrait of a small-town southern police officer slowly going under amid a series of personal crises, including the death of his mother and a messy divorce and child-custody case. In scene after unsettling scene, this police officer alienates his friends, family, co-workers, everyone. His frequent profane rants and meltdowns (major and minor) -- far from funny or even "tragicomic," as the DVD box would have you believe -- are simply disturbing and creepy. Even worse, THUNDER ROAD stigmatizes a brilliant Bruce Springsteen song ....

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Nursebob
Nov 01, 2018

The film opens with a dapper young policeman in full uniform delivering a eulogy before a modest crowd of mourners. Officer Jim Arnaud’s mother has just passed away and he is having a tough time keeping it together. In fact, as his prepared speech turns into a string of non-sequiturs followed by an impromptu dance routine what starts out looking like a comedic skit turns into something actually quite sad... Triple threat Jim Cummings serves as writer, director, and lead actor in this absorbing drama, based on his earlier short film of the same name, and despite a few rough edges he succeeds admirably. Mixing pathos and edgy ad-libbed humour (there are guilty laughs throughout) his Arnaud is a complicated everyman with a barely contained manic energy giving rise to some revealing monologues and an endearing puppy dog expression that stares with hurt and defiance every time he’s kicked to the curb. A fine supporting cast has Cummings’ back, especially Nican Robinson as his only friend on the Force and Kendal Farr as his sullen yet highly vulnerable daughter, but it is Cummings himself (aided by his own piercing script) that ultimately carries it off. Clean-cut and chockfull of neurotic quirks, his portrayal of a decent man dancing on the edge while critiquing the world around him with fatalistic candour will certainly prove to be a career highlight.

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2021

Mom and Springsteen:
My mom was a big fan of Bruce Springsteen. she loved Bruce Springsteen and "Bruce Springsteen" meant leaving your small town and going to do something with your life and she said that she wouldn't have left if she hadn't heard him - she loved him so much.
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She used to sing Thunder Road to me when I was going to sleep... Uh, it's a beautiful song, How do you explain it? It's a song this guy, telling this girl to leave their small town forever to change their lives - Change their lives forever for the better ...

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2021

To daughter:

Just because somebody leaves, just because somebody chooses to leave, that doesn't mean they didn't wanna be here with you. It means they had a hard time of things. A lot for some people. That's not gonna be us. And you and I are gonna have a hard time for a long while. Might even have to go and talk to some people, but before you know it, everything will be back to normal. And I'm gonna be the best dad ever, you understand? I gotta get you out a here. It's a dead end living here. Move to a city. Pack up the house and go tonight if we have to. Oh God, it's the song. Sorry, honey. Daddy's realizing he's had this conversation before. I was about your age. How'd she say it? I can't make you leave. You gotta want more for yourself. I can't promise you it's not gonna get much better living here. What do you say? You wanna hop in the car with me? You wanna runaway together?

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