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Ruckus (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  March 1981 (USA)
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Kyle Hanson is a Vietnam veteran whose traumatic war-time experiences have left him unable to rejoin mainstream society. When Kyle, unkempt and in dirty fatigues, stops in a small town for ... See full summary »

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Jenny Bellows
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Sheriff Jethro Pough
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Cecil 'Cece' Grant
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Deputy Dave
Taylor Lacher ...
Sarge
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Homer (as Cliff Pellow)
Ben Bates ...
Big Ben
Jerry Gatlin ...
Bubba
Bennie E. Dobbins ...
Joe (as Benny Dobbins)
Bobby Hughes ...
Bobby Bellows
A.J. Blake ...
Sally the Barmaid
Melanie Weeks ...
Counter Girl
Patrick Connolly ...
Gas Station Attendant
Bob Peeler ...
Farmer at Fair
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Kyle Hanson is a Vietnam veteran whose traumatic war-time experiences have left him unable to rejoin mainstream society. When Kyle, unkempt and in dirty fatigues, stops in a small town for some food, the local bullies can't wait for an opportunity to harass him. After Kyle uses his Special Forces training to escape the bullies, he becomes the subject of a community-wide manhunt. Only Jenny Bellows, a local girl whose husband was declared missing in action in Vietnam, is willing to give Kyle a chance. Written by Anonymous

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On the long lonely journey from a past he wanted to forget, to the uncertain future which awaited, he wanted to be left alone... but only she understood. So if they wanted trouble, there was bound to be a ruckus. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Big Ruckus in a Small Town  »

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Writer 'Max Kleven (I)' intended the part of young Bobby Bellows to be played by his son. However, his son said that he didn't want to do it, so instead Kleven cast a neighbor's son in the role. See more »

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Shots of Kyle driving red pick-up that he escapes in are shown mirrored back-to-front in several shots - the steering wheel is clearly on the wrong side. See more »

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Sheriff Jethro Pough: All right, hold it men. I want to see you all up here.
Sam Bellows: Whadda ya got, Jethro?
Sheriff Jethro Pough: I found out who this fella is. His name's Kyle Hansen, just like it said on his jacket. He was in the psycho ward at the Army Hospital in Mobile. Looks like he had a pretty rough time in Vietnam. It appears that he was with a secret unit of the Special Forces. He was captured twice, and escaped twice. Last Fall he was given up for dead after no one had seen him for eight months. He finally walked out of the jungle ...
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Really overrated ...... really overpriced ...... really not very good ......
7 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Ruckus" is not "Rambo". Ruckus is a trivial Southern nonsense cartoon. The car chases are all there. The boat chases are all there. The explosions are all there. What's missing is a believable script. The lack of substance in this film is appalling. Well liked actors Richard Farnsworth and Ben Johnson are totally wasted in meaningless roles. Linda Blair is just sort of there, with no effect on the outcome. As the VHS box states "Thanks to the U.S. Army, he can kill a man in 6 seconds with his bare hands". However, in this Southern fried drivel, no "Rednecks" were harmed by bullets, arrows, or dynamite. The only thing missing is Wylie Coyote. - MERK


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