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      Thunder Rock

      1942 1h 50m Drama Fantasy List
      Reviews 61% Audience Score 100+ Ratings As the 1940s approach, British reporter David Charleston (Michael Redgrave) tries to alert the public to the political unrest that he believes is leading to another war with Germany -- but no one listens to him. So David gives up, retiring to a small town in the American Midwest, where he works as a lighthouse watchman. There he is visited by the ghosts of 19th-century ship captain Joshua Stuart (Finlay Currie) and his passengers, who try to persuade David to make a difference while he is alive. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A gripping wartime propaganda fantasy film that was based on the anti-isolation play of Robert Ardrey. Rated: B Jul 22, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Interesting premise. During WWII, a solitary lighthouse keeper convinces himself that the world is hopeless, only to be confronted by his past and imaginary ghosts. Unfortunately, obligatory patriotism and its staginess drag it down. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Why can't they make movies like this now? Perfection. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Caught this about a 1/2 hour into it, so wasn't entirely sure what was happening. The story progression filled it in pretty well, and it turned out to be pretty decent. Kinda pessimistic at first, as each character is disillusioned by their efforts to improve humanity's lot being met with fear, suspicion and disdain, so give up rather than fight. But I think it's ultimately teaching the viewer that it is that very attitude that should keep us going -- that we shouldn't let others opinions of us deter us in our goals. Michael Redgrave, whom I'm liking more and more, did a good job. The film suffered just a bit with the corny "new lease on life" ending. But otherwise, a film to make you think. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Thunder Rock (1942) -- [6.5] -- Part ghost story, part wartime propaganda flick, this heady British production is truly an unusual find. Michael Redgrave plays an American lighthouse keeper who has withdrawn from the world. Having lost all faith in humanity, especially in light of the imminent Nazi blitzkrieg, it's up to the deceased crew of a sunken ship to restore the lighthouse keeper's faith. "Thunder Rock" is a very odd film, but very interesting as a time capsule. It practically functions as a telegram from Britain to 1942 America: Don't give up, Help us fight! The second half of the film is flashback heavy, as the lighthouse keeper is led by the ghostly ship captain on a Christmas Carol-esque exploration through the lives of the ship's passengers. He learns why they chose to flee the old world for America, each having given up on a different social struggle. Unfortunately, the movie begins to crumble under the weight of its many messages, which range from feminism to the morality of scientific progress. The execution is stagey at times and the soundtrack feels like stock music, but there's some inventive use of light and shadow and good performances from Redgrave, James Mason, and Finlay Currie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A confusing mishmash of alternative narratives that only reveal their purpose in the end. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Boring movie with Michael Redgrave playing a guy who talks to dead people in a lighthouse. Looks like it was shot on video and it's all very boring and British, not even James Mason made this any better. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis As the 1940s approach, British reporter David Charleston (Michael Redgrave) tries to alert the public to the political unrest that he believes is leading to another war with Germany -- but no one listens to him. So David gives up, retiring to a small town in the American Midwest, where he works as a lighthouse watchman. There he is visited by the ghosts of 19th-century ship captain Joshua Stuart (Finlay Currie) and his passengers, who try to persuade David to make a difference while he is alive.
      Director
      Roy Boulting
      Screenwriter
      Jeffrey Dell, Bernard Miles
      Genre
      Drama, Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 50m