Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt (1929)

A man awaiting execution in prison plots to murder a fellow-convict who was the lover of his ex-girlfriend. Josef von Sternberg's initial American talkie relies largely on masterful visual story-telling to get it's points across.

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1929
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A museum piece, then, for Sternberg completists only.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Probably the most underrated of Josef von Sternberg's sound pictures.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

George Bancroft received Best Actor Oscar nomination for this crime movie directed by von Sternberg.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

There is nothing edifying about this production, and it is hardly an entertainment.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first talkie by Josef Von Sternberg.

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TIME Magazine

This one is foolish.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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