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Rolling Thunder -- A gang of sadistic thugs murder the wife and child of a Vietnam vet, who, along with his war buddy and a woman, track down and kill the murderers.
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Director:
Writers:
Paul Schrader (screenplay) and
Heywood Gould (screenplay) ...
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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 »
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Simply the Schraderest See more (75 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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Australia:R | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Finland:(Banned) | France:16 (original rating) | 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 (f) (cut)
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Trivia:
The film was originally produced and scheduled for release by Twentieth Century-Fox; it was prominently featured in their 1977 exhibitors' guide. However, the studio brass were greatly disturbed by the violence in the finished film, and the decision was made to sell it off to American International Pictures.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Rane threatens to shoot Lopez, it is clear that his missing tooth is just a black cap, as it shines in the light.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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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Simply the Schraderest, 26 October 1999

Paul Schrader's very best screenplay--and yes, I include the one about the guy who drives a cab--is this 1977 masterpiece, which wins my vote for most underrated movie of the seventies. (That's a long list, too.) Major Charles Rane (William Devane) is one of Gogol's dead souls. When he comes home after seven years of bone-crunching torture in the Hanoi Hilton, the missus has taken up with the guy next door. After a band of outlaws descend on the Rane manor to steal the Major's one precious possession, tragedy descends on Major Rane a second time, stealing whatever shred of humanness was in him, and sending him on a one-way destination: vengeance at any cost.

ROLLING THUNDER is the pulpiest, the sharpest, and the most humanly rich of all Schrader's "God's lonely man" sagas. The scenes between the Major and his new lover (Linda Haynes, magnificent) are a case study in the meeting point between the broken and the empty. Their scenes--in which the Major almost never utters a word--are a better approximation of the high points of Raymond Carver than Robert Altman's scrambled version. The director John Flynn--who also directed the tip-top THE OUTFIT with Robert Duvall as a Major Ranish hoodlum--never makes one false step. The guts of the finale--a Schraderish reprise of the last act of THE WILD BUNCH--seems amazing even for 1977.

ROLLING THUNDER is out of print and hard to find. Seek it at any and all costs. If seventies cinema were to be defined in a nutshell, this movie is it.

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