Thunder on the Hill (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

Thunder on the Hill (1951)




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Movie Info

In this melodrama, an English nun befriends a convicted murderess and becomes convinced that the woman is innocent of slaying her brother. Unfortunately, the woman is sentenced to hang and the nun must hurry to prove her innocence.


Claudette Colbert
as Sister Mary Bonaventure
Ann Blyth
as Valerie Carns
Robert Douglas
as Dr. Edward Jeffreys
Anne Crawford
as Isabel Jeffreys
Philip Friend
as Sidney Kingham
Gladys Cooper
as Mother Superior
John Abbott
as Abel Harmer
Connie Gilchrist
as Sister Josephine
Gavin Muir
as Melling
Phyllis Stanley
as Nurse Phillips
Valerie Cardew
as Nurse Colby
Queenie Leonard
as Mrs. Smithson
Patrick O'Moore
as Mr. Smithson
Pat O'Moore
as Mr. Smithson
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Critic Reviews for Thunder on the Hill

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The whole thing is solemn and perfunctory, when all is said and done, and it leaves one wondering upon what sort of evidence that poor girl was originally condemned.

March 24, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A pouring rainstorm keeps the drama properly claustrophobic, and Sirk handles the conventions of the mystery with characteristic finesse.

March 24, 2007 | Full Review…

[A] gem... Here, Sirk reunites with Claudette Colbert, who previously starred in his noir Sleep, My Lovely.

July 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Minor, but nonetheless fascinating, work of Sirk.

June 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Intense melodrama about a nun solving a murder.

March 22, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Thunder on the Hill


Poor unjustly accused Annie is headed to the gallows but waylaid by a flood bringing into the sphere of saintly Sister Claudette who senses something is awry. Loaded with high quality performers this is a bit preposterous but Sirk's steady hand in the director chair and the sincere work of the cast keep it from seeming outlandish.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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