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Director  Russell Rouse
Music director  Cyril J. Mockridge
Country  United States
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Western
Duration  
Language  English
Thunder in the Sun movie poster
Release date  April 8, 1959
Based on  story by James Hill Guy Trosper
Writer  James Hill (story), Russell Rouse, Stewart Stern, Guy Trosper (story)
Screenplay  Stewart Stern, Guy Trosper
Cast  Susan Hayward (Gabrielle Dauphin), Jeff Chandler (Lon Bennett), Jacques Bergerac (Pepe Dauphin), Carl Esmond (Andre Dauphin), Blanche Yurka (Louise Dauphin)
Similar movies  Ander eta Yul, Le Divorce, A Good Year, Doubt, In Her Shoes, OperaciĆ³n Ogro
Tagline  The Sun Never Blazed On A More Savage Saga!

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

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Thunder in the sun trailer from 1959


Plot

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. Other commentators, though, have noted the well staged action scenes, the absorbing story, and the excellent cinematography. Which is a marvel since 90% of the lead actors scenes were shot in a studio with projected backgrounds.

Cast

  • Susan Hayward as Gabrielle Dauphin
  • Jeff Chandler as Lon Bennett
  • Jacques Bergerac as Pepe Dauphin
  • Blanche Yurka as Louise Dauphin
  • Carl Esmond as Andre Dauphin
  • Fortunio Bonanova as Fernando Christophe
  • Bertrand Castelli as Edmond Duquette
  • Albert Carrier
  • Felix Locher as Danielle
  • Michele Marly
  • Albert Villasainte
  • Veda Ann Borg as Marie
  • Production

    The film was made by Seven Arts Productions and acquired by Paramount for distribution. It was the company's third film, after Gunrunners and Ten Seconds to Hell. It was known during filming as Between the Thunder and the Sun and The Gun and the Arrow.

    Filming took place in August 1958 with location work in Mount Whitney.

    References

    Thunder in the Sun Wikipedia
    Thunder in the Sun IMDb Thunder in the Sun themoviedb.org


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