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Thunder Over the Plains

1953 1h 22m Western List
Reviews 55% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
It's the late 1860s, and the U.S. government has yet to reclaim Texas as a state. A group of opportunistic and amoral Northerners head south to claim the territory as their own. Though Texas lawman Capt. Porter (Randolph Scott) believes it's his duty to honor the local leaders, he can't ignore the corruption of the Yankee politicians who are giving him orders. When Confederate veteren Ben (Charles McGraw) is unjustly sentenced to death, Porter decides he has had enough of his new bosses. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Provides characters with more depth than usually found in this genre. Rated: B Apr 12, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Really good one here. Yes I highly recommend it. James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas May 30, 2023. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/30/23 Full Review Audience Member 150421: Good movie. Some post Civil War history, a great story and acting, tied in with some good action. What more could one ask for? I liked it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Prior to his lonesome series (directed by Budd Boetticher), Randolph Scott was still stoic, upholding his values and doing his duty, even if he wasn't also alienated, lost, bitter (somehow at the same time). Here, with the love of his wife (who doesn't want to be there), he tries to help his native Texans against the carpetbaggers that are swindling them after the civil war. But he works for the law and must defend the wrong-doers and capture the Robin Hood styled outlaw Ben Westland. What will Randy do? Not a bad 80 minute package but lacking the deeper resonances of his later films. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member another winning detoth/scott western Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review dave j Thursday, April 14, 2011 (1953) Thunder Over The Plains WESTERN "In Post-Bellum Texas, an army captain (Randolph Scot tries to keep the peace between overtaxed, impoverished farmers and greedy carpetbaggers." Imbd.com When the north defeated the south during the civil war, unfair pracices were being exercised when southern farmers were unfairly overtaxed as opposed to regular farmers living in the north, forcing them to give up land easily belonging to them by auction! Fictionize storyline based on fact that if there is any reason to watch this film, it would only be for the history lesson. The action is not a plenty, but well- known Western actor Randolph Scott's tall, valiant screen presence keeps the film from becoming boring! 2.5 out of 4 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Lacks the visual complexity of other De Toth films, but it's an enjoyable film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis It's the late 1860s, and the U.S. government has yet to reclaim Texas as a state. A group of opportunistic and amoral Northerners head south to claim the territory as their own. Though Texas lawman Capt. Porter (Randolph Scott) believes it's his duty to honor the local leaders, he can't ignore the corruption of the Yankee politicians who are giving him orders. When Confederate veteren Ben (Charles McGraw) is unjustly sentenced to death, Porter decides he has had enough of his new bosses.
Director
Andre de Toth
Producer
David Weisbart
Screenwriter
Russell S. Hughes
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 22m