Plunder Road (1957)


“[Commando and Frankie laugh after pulling off the heist] Before we start congratulating ourselves let’s remember we’ve still got 900 miles to go, 900 miles to every cop between here and the coast, and you laugh it up like a couple of clowns.” – Eddie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Following a robbery of a gold shipment, a group of 5 thieves split up with each of them trying to get part of the loot from Utah to California undetected.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about before seeing it and was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was.

The choice to focus on the aftermath of a crime instead of the heist itself is fascinating and I wouldn’t be surprised if Quentin Tarantino got some of his ideas from films like this one.

The characters aren’t developed at all yet we get to understand each of them based solely on the conversations that they have along their various journeys in an attempt to escape capture.

This film does a nice job juggling the various stories of each group and keeps things interesting and balanced.

I really liked the way that they give the viewer information at the same time as the characters which helps keep things even more suspenseful because we know that the information given out over the radio will always be useful to both us and the characters at the same time.

This film is presented in quite a clever way and that helps keep things very intriguing throughout the entire compact run time.

Bottom Line – Great premise especially since it focuses on the aftermath of a heist instead of the heist itself. They never develop the characters very much, but we get a clear idea of who each of them is just based on the conversations that they have on their journeys.  They do a great job showing how this story moves along on various fronts and keeps the viewer apprised of so much information via the radio (which is also how the characters learn the very same information).  It’s presented quite cleverly and stays interesting from start to finish. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A crew member rushes to the side of the road (and hides behind a bush) right after the tanker drives off the roadblock where one of the gang members has been shot by the police. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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