MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,478 this week

Rolling Thunder (1977)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Crime  |  6 February 1978 (Sweden)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 4,635 users  
Reviews: 75 user | 94 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 04 May 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 28 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 02 Jan 2014
 
a list of 42 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Rolling Thunder" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Rolling Thunder (1977)

Rolling Thunder (1977) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Rolling Thunder.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Outfit (1973)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that his brother was shot by two mob killers. He didn't know that the bank he robbed was owned by the syndicate. When he's... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

There's murder at a California high school, where female students are being targeted by an unknown serial killer, a married teacher hides his flings with nubile students, and an awkward ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Vadim
Stars: Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas
Touched (1983)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two mental patients in an institution fall in love and plan to escape in the search of a normal life.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Robert Hays, Kathleen Beller, Ned Beatty
Defiance (1980)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman and though he tries to avoid the... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello
The Sexplorer (1975)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young Venusian girl lands on Earth to explore the planet. She lands in Soho in London, UK where she has ample opportunities to research sex on Earth.

Director: Derek Ford
Stars: Monika Ringwald, Mark Jones, Andrew Grant
Protection (2001)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A mobster moves to a new town as a protected witness and tries to start over, only to find he can't escape his old ways.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Peter Gallagher, Aron Tager
The Yakuza (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A snake style expert travels the lands, imposing his mastery on others, until he runs into a monkey expert living on the edge of a small town, who defeats him soundly. The snake expert ... See full summary »

Director: Sum Cheung
Stars: John Cheung, Chiu-sing Hau, Ming-Wai Chan
Best Seller (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right,... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn
Stars: James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Victoria Tennant
Blue Collar (1978)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Three workers, Zeke, Jerry and Smokey, are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their wives to have some fun they get the idea to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Mad bikers storm through an Indian reservation just to have a good ol' time.

Director: Richard Rush
Stars: Robert Walker Jr., Joanna Frank, John Garwood
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An American student starts working with his Arab colleague while putting all politics aside. However, is his colleague just a regular Joe? Set around the time of Arab-Israeli Six Day War.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Bruce Davison, Nicol Williamson, Daria Halprin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Johnny Vohden
...
Linda Forchet
...
Texan
...
Maxwell
...
Janet (as Lisa Richards)
...
Automatic Slim
Lawrason Driscoll ...
Cliff
James Victor ...
Lopez
Cassie Yates ...
Candy
Jordan Gerler ...
Mark
...
Sister
Jerry Brown ...
Patrolman 1
Jacque Burandt ...
Bebe
Anthony Castillo ...
Street Urchin
Edit

Storyline

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 Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Major Charles Rane Is Coming Home To War! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 February 1978 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Outra Face da Violência  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Famous scene where Rane's hand is put into garbage disposal was originally lot more graphic. There was originally shot of his hand getting destroyed. Scene was filmed with fake hand and lamb shank which made it look very realistic. When movie was previewed, audience members reacted very strongly on that scene. According to writer Heywood Gould; "One woman fainted, another person ran into the lobby and demanded it's money back, and another guy was so freaked out that he entered in his car on parking lot and crashed into another car". After that preview, shot of Rane's hand inside disposal was cut out from the movie. See more »

Goofs

At least two instances of incorrect uniform nameplates appear in the movie. Actual Air Force nameplates include only the last name of the wearer. However, Major Rane's plate shows his first name and middle initial in addition to his last name. And his doctor's nameplate includes his rank (Lt Colonel) as well as his last name. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johnny: Major, I sure do hate to face all them people.
Major Charles Rane: Then put your glasses on, John.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tales from the Script (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

San Antone
Sung by Denny Brooks
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Major Rane could've been a Charles Bronson action hero, but he turns out being anything but
28 November 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

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)


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Whats your Favorite Scene.... msinthrop
Finally! DVD release date 02/02/11 motley6
Why iz this not on DVD yet???????????????? ?? barbastic
Did William Devane remind you of Bruce Dern? shmucking
Linda Haynes avxmoreno-1
When do we get a Special Edition DVD? clarenceboddicker
Discuss Rolling Thunder (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?