Thunder Island (film)

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Thunder Island
Thunder Island poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Leewood
Produced byJack Leewood
Frank Marrero
Screenplay by Don Devlin
Jack Nicholson
Starring Gene Nelson
Fay Spain
Brian Kelly
Míriam Colón
Art Bedard
Antonio Torres Martino
Music by Paul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
Cinematography John M. Nickolaus, Jr.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 1963 (1963-09)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

Thunder Island is a 1963 American action film directed by Jack Leewood, written by Don Devlin and Jack Nicholson, and starring Gene Nelson, Fay Spain, Brian Kelly, Míriam Colón, Art Bedard and Antonio Torres Martino. [1]


The film was made by Robert L. Lippert's Associated Producers and released in September 1963, by 20th Century Fox. [2] [3] [4]

Actor Jack Nicholson co-wrote the screenplay.


Contract killer Billy Poole is hired to assassinate a South American dictator. When he arrives, he and associate Anita Chavez arrange to have an innocent bystander, advertising man Vincent Dodge, take them by boat to the intended victim's island compound, holding Vincent's wife Helen hostage.

Poole is able only to wound his target. After killing his accomplice Anita himself, Poole is shot by Vincent, who then rescues his wife.



Jack Nicholson co wrote the film early in his career. He and Don Devlin were paid $1,250. The film was shot in Puerto Rico. Robert L. Lippert was impressed with Nicholson's work and hired him as a writer and actor for Flight to Fury shot in the Philippines. [5]

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