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Thunderbolt was Josef von Sternberg's first American talking picture. George Bancroft, a von Sternberg regular (despite frequents clashes between the two men), plays a death row inmate who may be on the eve of eternity, but who has still one more murder on his mind. He plans to kill the young lover (Richard Arlen) of his former girl friend (Fay Wray); fortuitously the lover is incarcerated in the same prison where Bancroft awaits the chair.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A museum piece, then, for Sternberg completists only."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Probably the most underrated of Josef von Sternberg's sound pictures."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There is nothing edifying about this production, and it is hardly an entertainment."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Serving as proof that Josef von Sternberg did make fine films before The Blue Angel, Thunderbolt is a bizarre gangster picture which is as much a romance as a thriller."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This one is foolish."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"George Bancroft received Best Actor Oscar nomination for this crime movie directed by von Sternberg."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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