Thunder Run (film)

Thunder Run is a 1986 American action-thriller film directed by Gary Hudson and starring Forrest Tucker and John Ireland. It was developed by special-effects expert Clifford Wenger Sr. and his wife, Carol Lynn.[1] It was dedicated to their son, Clifford Wenger Jr., who also worked on the movie on special effects, while simultaneously working on Rambo: First Blood Part II, where he was killed in an explosion accident in 1984. During the 1980s the movie was frequently aired on cable channels such as Showtime and The Movie Channel where it developed a cult following. [2] The film is notable for an action sequence in which an 18-wheeler jumps over a train.

Thunder Run
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGary Hudson
Produced byCarol Lynn
Cliff Wenger
Screenplay byCharles Davis
Carol Heyer
Story byCarol Lynn
Cliff Wenger
StarringForrest Tucker
John Ireland
John Shepherd
Jill Whitlow
Wallace Langham
Graham Ludlow
Alan Rachins
Music byMatthew McCauley
CinematographyHarvey Jenkins
Edited byLee Harry
Distributed byThe Cannon Group
Release date
May 30, 1986
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States


A Korean War veteran/aging trucker spends his retirement mining an old cobalt mine with the assistance of his devoted grandson. A good friend lures the trucker out of retirement by offering him a quarter of a million dollars to drive some plutonium from Nevada to a high-security operation in Arizona. He begins his trek in a high-tech rig unaware that domestic terrorists are waiting to ambush him and his deadly cargo.



  1. ^ Thomas, Kevin (June 3, 1986). "Movie Review : Hollywood Veterans Paired In 'Thunder Run'". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "Thunder Run". 80s Movies Rewind. Retrieved 2021-06-10.

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