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Ruckus (1980)

PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller | March 1981 (USA)
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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Homer (as Cliff Pellow)
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Joe (as Benny Dobbins)
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Sally the Barmaid
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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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A comedy romp across country roads! See more »

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Big Ruckus in a Small Town  »

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Director Max Kleven considered Tom Selleck for the lead role of Kyle Hanson, but decided against him as he was too tall for 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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Jenny Bellows: You don't talk much, do you?
Kyle Hanson: I lived in the jungle 8 months, never talked to anybody. I'd like to.
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References Giant (1956) See more »

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SALLY WAS A GOOD OLD GIRL
Written by Harlan Howard (as Harland Howard)
Tree Publishing Co.
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Low-budget drama with curious, unsuccessful comedic asides
17 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Dirk Benedict is fairly colorless playing a disturbed Vietnam vet who causes chaos in a backwater town. Odd but not especially interesting B-movie does features fetching Linda Blair as a single mother and love-interest--and a hilariously sincere romantic montage wherein Benedict and Blair bond over some off-roading. Casual comparisons to Sylvester Stallone's "First Blood" are inevitable, however this one surely could've used more of John Rambo's inner-torment; Benedict is such a sad sack, he acts like a homeless puppy in an Army jacket. Forgettable trifle has a good supporting cast but needed a bigger budget and more action to enliven this scenario. *1/2 from ****


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