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40 Ratings


Directed by Josef von Sternberg
United States, 1929
Drama, Crime


A criminal known as Thunderbolt is imprisoned and facing execution. Into the next cell is placed Bob Morgan, an innocent man who has been framed and who is in love with Thunderbolt’s girl, without knowing of their relationship.

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Thunderbolt Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1930 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

A reconfiguration of Underworld for the arrival of sound, so its poetry can echo on to Auden… Disembodied gun blasts and squeaky doggy toys add to the aural density, Brecht is noticeably close in the medley of executioner songs emanating from off-screen penal choruses. (Tully Marshall’s turn as the jittery warden is an avant-garde event of its own, a virtual junction of Expressionism and vaudeville.)
August 16, 2016
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