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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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Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
Influential and, sadly, somewhat forgotten See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Certification:
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:
In his 1982 book 'Adventures in the Screen Trade,' William Goldman called an advance screening of this movie "the most violent sneak reaction of recent years... the audience actually got up and tried to physically abuse the studio personnel present among them."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Although the ribbons on Major Rane's uniform are correct for an Air Force pilot who served in Vietnam, one important ribbon is missing: the one for the Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM). This award was authorized for all U.S. military personnel who served at least six months in Vietnam or the surrounding areas. The movie's dialogue indicates that the major was in Vietnam for at least seven years, most of that time as a POW in Hanoi, so he most certainly would be entitled to wear the VCM.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:
San AntoneSee more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Influential and, sadly, somewhat forgotten, 9 June 2004
Author: Crepus13 from Connecticut, USA

I recently caught this semi-exploitative revenge flick on TV (Showtime), after wanting to see it for a while. Unfortunately, it's not on DVD and there's a good chance you're not going to find it on VHS (or laser disc) either, unless you go through eBay, maybe. Anyway, despite the fact that my first viewing of "Rolling Thunder" was in a modified format (unless the movie was shot in 1.33:1, which I doubt), I had a blast. William Devane is pretty great as the slightly psycho Vietnam vet who comes home to find that his small town life isn't waiting for him. And, of course, he goes *completely* psycho after...well, I won't spoil anything. Worth mentioning: this film is a big influence on Quentin Tarantino, who named his short-lived film release company after it (i.e. Rolling Thunder Pictures). What a shame that the company didn't survive long enough to re-release the film it's named for. If you're really into '70s cinema, action, sleaze, etc., you have to make an effort to see "Rolling Thunder". For real.

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