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Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver dollars from him. In the process they also manage to kill his wife and son and destroy his hand. The Major wants revenge so he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny to meet the thugs in a final showdown. Written by
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Quentin Tarantino named his distributing company, Rolling Thunder Pictures, after this film. Rolling Thunder Pictures released B-movies, cult classics, independent films, exploitation movies, and foreign films. The company went under due to poor sales. See more »
Early in the film, while standing in line with other military personnel just back from Vietnam, the brass U.S. and Infantry lapel disks on MSgt Vohden's Army uniform are wrongly positioned. They should be on the upper lapels, but instead they appear on the lower lapels. Interestingly, the brass on the uniform of the soldier next to Jones are correctly placed. See more »
Major Rane could've been a Charles Bronson action hero, but he turns out being anything but
Before I began this, I expected a "Death Wish" style action flick about a vigilante. I most likely watched it simply because it is one of Tarantino's all-time favorite films and I'm a sucker for 70s exploitation. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was actually a very well done character study. This is the type of film that Paul Schrader excels at, a portrait of a desperate and damaged individual who slowly loses it due to the circumstances around him. It isn't a complete bloodbath either, with only several very violent sequences.
The strongest point of the film is definitely William Devane's performance. Major Rane could've been a Charles Bronson action hero, but he turns out being anything but. Devane paints him to be an interesting and sympathetic character, even when he commits deplorable actions. This is similar to another Schrader screenplay "Taxi Driver". Unlike Travis Bickle though, there isn't any narration to guide us through Rane's mind. Fortunatly, Devane uses facial expressions (or lack of) to his advantage. The character's silence is fascinating. The lack of explanation at times makes him all the more mysterious. It is a superb performance.
Overall, this movie isn't with out flaws, but it is certainly interesting. Devane's performance makes it all worthwhile. Why isn't this out on DVD yet? (8/10)
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