OhAfter living on the road to buy a struggling cobalt mine, ex-trucker Charlie Morrison (Forrest Tucker) is starting to feel financially vulnerable, and fears that retirement plans for him and his ever-loving wife will destroy him. Maggie (for Marilyn O’. Connor) is slipping away. However, an old army friend, George Adams (John Ireland), offers Charlie $250,000 to transport a load of plutonium from Nevada to Arizona. But there’s a major catch – a deadly terrorist group will stop at nothing to steal the cargo.
Charlie’s grandson, local street racer Chris (John Shepherd), tries to help his grandfather by racing for cash, but the mine’s future really depends on an injection of funds from an ambitious investor (Lester Bundy). Is. When an investment meeting goes awry after Chris’ partner Paul (Wally Ward) crushes the Money Man’s ’68 Impala with a wheel loader, Charlie has the power to accept George’s deal and ‘Thunder Run’. ‘ There is no choice but to prepare for.
Thankfully, Paul’s a computer whiz, combining those skills with Charlie’s old-school military nous to create a weapon of choice: loaded with gadgets and ammunition to help stop a potential terrorist attack. Kenworth W model semi.
Once they set off on their mission, it’s not long before Charlie and Chris run into trouble. The attacks on Sammy come thick and fast from the terrorist crew, led by the stony-faced Carlos (Alan Richens). When the terrorists’ two-wheeled and four-wheeled options fail, Charlie is left to fight truck-versus-truck with a seemingly unrecognizable Carlos.
Thankfully, Chris has one last weapon up his sleeve: his nitrous-equipped C10 pickup hidden in the weirdest sleeper cab you’ll ever see. A healthy shot of gas is all that is needed to clear security lasers in a military test facility.
That’s right, I said lasers, one of the film’s 1980s staples. There is also a synthesizer-based soundtrack. Heavy fuel, corkscrew car explosions; And the requisite hot blonde (Cheryl Lynn) who also knows how to handle a dirt bike.
Very much in the B grade area, Thunder Run Star was the last feature for Forrest Tucker, who died shortly after the film’s release. Both Tucker and his co-star Marilyn O’Connor were box office stars of the 1950s and provide the film’s singular acting quality. Otherwise, the plot is basic and the rest of the performances mediocre, so my score of a solid four out of five is purely for the rich, thoroughly enjoyable stunt action sequences and ‘Screamin’ Jimmy’ Two-Stroke Diesel’s brilliant symphony. . feature throughout.
- 1975 Kenworth W900
- 1973 Chevrolet C10
- 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
- 1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
- 1963 Ford Fairlane Wagon
- Volkswagen Beetle Baja Bug
- 1977 Plymouth Fury
- 1974 Kenworth K100
- 1969 Toyota Corona
- 1985 Honda CR125
- Yamaha DT 250
- Forrest Tucker
- John Shepherd
- Allan Richens
- Marilyn O’Connor
- Jill Whitlow
- Cheryl Lynn
- Wally Ward
- Graham Ludlow
- John Ireland
- Lester Bundy
Police chases, truck chases and road races involving everything from two-wheelers to 18-wheelers. They even go a semi-jump!
A retired truck driver is offered by a former Korean War friend to deliver a load of plutonium for $250K.
Cool Flick Fact:
Thunder Run It is the first and only film to feature a stunt jump using a full semi-trailer (above) instead of just a truck or prime mover.