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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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Well-Done Revenge Melodrama See more (71 total) »

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
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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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In the book "Schrader On Schrader" Paul Schrader who co-wrote the movie complains how the studio completely twisted his original version of the story. He wrote it as a critique of US involvement in Vietnam War and fascistic and racist attitudes in America. Rane was originally written as white trash racist with many similarities to Schrader's more famous character Travis Bickle (the main character of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver). In this version, Rane becomes a war hero without ever having fired a gun, and comes home to confront the Texas Mexican community. Rane's racist upbringing and hatred that grew in him in Vietnam slowly come out. This version ends with Rane's indiscriminate slaughter of Mexicans which was meant as a metaphor for Vietnam. Schrader concludes with a claim that he basically wrote a film about fascism and the studio made a fascist film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While being driven home from the hospital, Major Rane is wearing a dark blue baseball-style cap with his short-sleeve blue uniform. Such caps have never been part of Air Force uniforms of this type (although similar caps, with insignia, were authorized for wear with Air Force utility/work uniforms in many units).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:
Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mariachi MusicSee more »

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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Well-Done Revenge Melodrama, 23 June 1999
Author: G-Man-25 from Iowa City, IA

Good writing, acting and directing place this violent revenge melodrama a cut or two above most films of its genre. William Devane gives a strong, stoic performance as Major Charles Rane, an ex-Vietnam POW who returns home to his wife and son, only to have his peace-time dreams shattered by a gang of vicious, menacing home-invading hoods who murder his family and leave him permanently maimed. After rehabilitation, he goes gunning for the people responsible for the crime. Tommy Lee Jones is very good as his fellow Army buddy who willingly joins him on the vengeance trail. The film is enhanced by adding some psychological insights into Devane's character....we get a revealing peek at how his wartime experiences have changed him and what makes him tick. The film is tense and extremely violent in spots, but the violence is not gratuitous. Paul Schrader, who wrote the classic "Taxi Driver" also wrote the original story here...and it shows. This one's worth seeking out.

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