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Plunder Road [Blu-ray]

3.9 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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Crooks escape in three trucks with federal gold, part of which the mastermind hides as Cadillac trim.

Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Raymond, Jeanne Cooper, Elisha Cook Jr., Wayne Morris, Stafford Repp
  • Directors: Hubert Cornfield
  • Writers: Steven Ritch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E21D80C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hubert Cornfield's "Plunder Road" is the story of a carefully planned and flawlessly executed robbery of a train carrying a gold shipment on its way to the US mint. The script, written by actor Steven Ritch, who plays Eddie, a former car racer turned wheelman, is interestingly spare. There are long stretches in the film without dialogue, but the script is terse and incisive, in both its voice-over narration and dialogue. The cast includes Wayne Morris, who delivered a fine performance in Stanley Kubrick's "Paths Of Glory", and the legendary character actor Elisha Cook in the role of Skeets, a career criminal with dreams of escaping to Rio. All of the performances are generally low-key, but effective. Gene Raymond, as the mastermind of the job, makes for an interesting gang leader: a laconic, cynical, college-educated tough guy. The robbery sequence is very well done, and the rest of the film seldoms lets up in delivering suspense."Plunder Road" isn't quite on the level of John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" or Kubrick's "The Killing", but fans who like films about well-planned and perfectly-carried-out robberies that go awry shouldn't be disappointed by this fast-paced, well-written, and tightly-directed story.
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A capable caper film distinguished by expert performances from a veteran cast. Gene Raymond's turn as the world-weary ringleader is especially noteworthy and a long way from his sappy, lightweight roles of the 1930's. Authentic war hero Wayne Morris is a likable co-conspirator, but unfortunately just two years away from an untimely early death. Professional loser Elisha Cook's presence guarantees a bad end to the best laid plans, and though the movie as a whole doesn't disappoint, the budget appears to be in the neighborhood of $50 tops, as the getaway truck revolves endlessly around Griffith Park. Director Hubert Cornfield looks to be aiming at a breakthrough film on the order of Stanley Kubrick's remarkably successful caper film of the year before, The Killing, but doesn't get it. Plunder Road simply lacks the imagination and panache of its predecessor. Nevertheless the movie merits a look for its spartan virtues, expert pacing, and capable cast.
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Striking Cinemascope black and white photography and on-location filming around Los Angeles really enhance this low budget late fifties movie. The cast of veteran performers like Wayne Morris , Gene Raymond, and Elisha Cooke and newcomer Jeanne Cooper are are interesting and fun to watch in a caper film that is just a little different.
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PLUNDER ROAD is a late-period, film-noir about a very-well planned heist staged by 5 men. They rob a U.S. mint train and steal 10 million dollars in gold bullion. They then split up the large haul into 3 concealed truckloads and go off into 3 separate directions in an attempt to trick the police with a perfect getaway. They then use 3 vehicles, a moving van, a freight truck, and a tanker filled with chemicals. Needless to say, being a film noir, we know that as events begin to unfold, they will be undermined and caught by circumstances beyond their control. Even though the plan they utilize is an excellent one, quirky events unravel and lead to their downfall. The film makes the most out of a very limited budget by dividing it's narrative into 3 major segments. The film's excellent cinematography is done by Ernest Haller, who also worked on GONE WITH THE WIND(1939),as well as MILDRED PIERCE(1945). Haller's cinematography displays an excellent use of chiaroscuro, which raises the film to a higher level that goes beyond it's small budget. Also, the cast is very good. The lead is played by Gene Raymond, who plays Eddie Harris, the college-educated mastermind behind the well, thought-out plan. Others in the cast include Wayne Morris, Elisha Cook Jr., Stafford Repp, and Steven Ritch, who also wrote the very tight screenplay. Jeanne Cooper plays Raymond's gun-moll, who arranges the gold to be melted down and cast into bumpers and hub caps, which are then placed on a Cadillac. The presence of 40's noir veterans Cook Jr. and Repp, who both played archetypal losers from various noir films from the 40's, gives the viewer a pervasive feeling of doom for this heist, despite the well thought-out plan. The basic irony of the film is that the criminals are ultimately defeated by their own elaborate safeguards.Read more ›
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The print quality could be better, but the story line and acting are solid in this noir thriller about gold thieves making their getaway from Utah to L.A.. For me, the best of the film is its scenes shot in L.A., showing it in all its smoggy late '50s glory, including a visit from the "Smog Patrol," which threatens to upset the thieves' plans, if doing nothing to abate the real cause of smog, which is incorporated into the final scene. Want to see some classic '50s cars? PR gives 'em to you in spades, including the one that trumps the robbers' final hand. Think "White Heat" on a lower budget with lesser stars but equally compelling and you get the idea. Now, Mr. Murdoch, how about sprucing this film up and re-releasing it for all to see in its original smoggy splendor?
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