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Director:
Writers:
Paul Schrader (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
6 February 1978 (Sweden) See more »
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Major Charles Rane Is Coming Home To War! See more »
Plot:
Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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William Devane ... Major Charles Rane

Tommy Lee Jones ... Johnny Vohden

Linda Haynes ... Linda Forchet

James Best ... Texan

Dabney Coleman ... Maxwell
Lisa Blake Richards ... Janet (as Lisa Richards)

Luke Askew ... Automatic Slim
Lawrason Driscoll ... Cliff
James Victor ... Lopez
Cassie Yates ... Candy
Jordan Gerler ... Mark
Jane Abbott ... Sister
Jerry Brown ... Patrolman 1
Jacque Burandt ... Bebe
Anthony Castillo ... Street Urchin
Charles Escamilla ... T Bird
Rudy T. Gonzales ... Bartender
Robert K. Guthrie ... Reporter 3
Ray Gutierrez ... Tex-Mex
James N. Harrell ... Grandpa
Randy Hermann ... Sanchez (as Randy Herman)
Michael Nakamura ... The Torturer
Pete Ortega ... Melio
Paul A. Partain ... Brother-in-Law
James Conner Pribble ... Patrolman 2
Cheyenne Rivera ... Gato
Carol Sowa ... Betty Ann
Robert Raymond Reyes ... Reporter 2
Arturo R. Tamez Jr. ... Bartender
Bob Tisdale ... Mr. Williams
Autry Ward ... Texan 2
West Ward ... Card Player
William Vance White ... Bob
Michael R. Witte ... Reporter 1
Alan Wong ... Billa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janet Quist ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Flynn 
 
Writing credits
Paul Schrader (screenplay) and
Heywood Gould (screenplay)

Paul Schrader (original story)

Produced by
Lawrence Gordon .... executive producer
Norman T. Herman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Barry De Vorzon 
 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank P. Keller 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Myles Berger  (as Steve Berger)
 
Makeup Department
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist (as Charlene Robertson)
 
Production Management
Tony Wade .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Lenzi .... assistant director
Richard A. Wells .... second assistant director (as Richard Wells)
 
Art Department
Mark Wade .... property master
 
Sound Department
Gene Corso .... sound effects
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jay Harding)
Donald F. Johnson .... sound recording mixer (as Don Johnson)
 
Special Effects by
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects (as Richard Helmer)
 
Stunts
Autry Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Del Ruth .... camera operator
Ron Veto .... car rigging grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy McArdle .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Cliffe Oland .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (as Greg McRitchie)
Jay Alfred Smith .... music editor (as Jay Smith)
Mariachi Uclatlan .... performer: mariachi music
 
Transportation Department
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Elaine Gyorke .... assistant to producer
David Sheldon .... production executive
Frank Tudisco .... script supervisor
 

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95 min
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Australia:R | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Finland:(Banned) | France:-16 | France:-12 (re-rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (video rating) | Norway:(Banned) (1982-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Johnny:Major, I sure do hate to face all them people.
Major Charles Rane:Then put your glasses on, John.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood Vietnam (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mariachi MusicSee more »

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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
One Look Says It All!, 26 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Boy, it's good to see a film one really likes that is just about unknown.....and read other reviewers who share your high opinion of that movie.

That's the case here in this simple revenge tale. My attraction to this film, outside of the interesting story, is the acting performance of William Devane, who plays the lead character. Seldom have I seen such a fascinating character.

Devane's character, "Major Charles Rane," had some interesting things to say BUT his silence was downright fascinating. Just the looks on his face and the absolute silence when his wife tells him she had been fooling around in his absence (when he had been suffering as POW, no less!) or when the robbers are giving him a horrible, sadistic beating. With the exception of one, maybe two outbursts, his language was surprisingly civil, too.

The movie had what I call "that gritty '70s look" to it but was well-filmed and probably would look very good on DVD. (We are still waiting for that to happen.) There were some solid closeup and shadow shots which added nicely to the neo-noir story. The violence is no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point and, with one exception at the end, realistically brutal........ but not overdone. The film starts slowly for the first 10-15 minutes but is a fast ride once the thieves enter the picture.

Co-star Linda Haynes reminded me of Tuesday Weld but not quite as pretty and a tiny bit harder looking. Nonetheless, she was an interesting new face and one I still don't recall ever seeing in any other film. It's also fun to see such a young Tommy Lee Jones.

Revenge movies can be a dime-a-dozen but this has at least one scene I guarantee you will never forget.

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