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Release Date:
March 1981 (USA) See more »
The chase was on! Him against them. Well, so much for them. See more »
Kyle Hanson is a Vietnam veteran whose traumatic war-time experiences have left him unable to rejoin mainstream society... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dirk Benedict ... Kyle Hanson

Linda Blair ... Jenny Bellows

Richard Farnsworth ... Sheriff Jethro Pough

Matt Clark ... Cecil 'Cece' Grant

Jon Van Ness ... 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
Ken DeGusta ... Shooting Gallery Man
Sam Johnson ... Kind Man at Fair
Jeannine Medina ... Bus Driver

Ben Johnson ... Sam Bellows
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael A. Jones ... Man at the Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Kleven 
Writing credits
Max Kleven (written by)

Produced by
Richard P. LaCivita .... executive producer
Paul Maslansky .... producer
Timothy Rabbitt .... associate producer
Original Music by
Tommy Vig 
Cinematography by
Don Burgess  (as Don Michael Burgess)
Film Editing by
Angelo Bernarducci 
Art Direction by
Vincent Peranio  (as Vincent Perranio)
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Production Management
Donald C. Klune .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Scott .... second unit director
Dan Steinbrocker .... second assistant director
Kate Tilley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Walter Klenhard .... assistant prop man
Gary Van Fleet .... property master
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator (as Doug Arnold)
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Steve Cerutti .... sound editor
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects (as Ira Anderson)
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (as Benny Dobbins)
Sue Fish .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunts (as John Hately)
Tony Jefferson .... stunts
Lane Parrish .... stunts
Dar Robinson .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Beck .... still photographer
James O. Blair .... gaffer (as Jim Blair)
Sam Holcombe .... second assistant camera
Michael A. Jones .... camera operator (as Michael Jones)
Michael A. Jones .... director of photography: second unit (as Michael Jones)
Moshe Levin .... second assistant camera
Dennis McLean .... best boy
Richard Randall .... key grip (as Dick Randall)
Michael Ritt .... second assistant camera
Daryl Smith .... gaffer
Tracy Trotter .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Delores Delux .... assistant wardrobe
Ann Somers Major .... wardrobe (as Ann Major)
Editorial Department
Donna Blair .... second assistant editor
John Girard .... negative cutter
Scott Hancock .... assistant editor
Denise Sickinger .... assistant editor
Arthur Tostado .... color timer (as Art Tostado)
Music Department
Ken Beal .... musician: songs
Angelo Bernarducci .... music editor
Jim Gunn .... musician: songs
Rock Killough .... musician: songs
Rock Killough .... producer: songs
Richard P. LaCivita .... producer: songs (as Ric La Civita)
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Doug Lackey)
Randy Moon .... musician: songs
Michael Rhodes .... musician: songs
Mark Shifman .... engineer: songs
Rafe Van Hoy .... musician: songs
Other crew
Karen Dahnke .... production assistant
Rick Drew .... production assistant
Emery Fisher .... production auditor
Joan Helenek .... production assistant
Mary Herrmann .... first aid nurse
Nava Levin .... production accountant
Lata Ryan .... production coordinator
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor
Valerie Scott .... production assistant
Dave Virello .... production assistant
Damien Wiggins .... production assistant
Dave Barton .... special thanks
Jack R. Crosby .... special thanks
Frank P. Krasovec .... special thanks
Darrell Royal .... special thanks
Edith Royal .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Big Ruckus in a Small Town" - USA (video title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Jenny Bellows:[turns around and sees Kyle standing in her living room, gasps] Can I help you with something?
Kyle Hanson:[points up on the wall] I didn't know your husband.
Jenny Bellows:I told my father I didn't think you did.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
a taste of freedom, 6 December 2014
Author: J_J_Gittes from Germany

Kyle is a traumatized ex-special forces soldier recently back from Vietnam. Jenny has been waiting for years if her missing husband might return from the war. When they meet they experience a common ground and try to come back to life in the here and now as their friendship develops. Meanwhie Kyle has caused the small town's redneck population to go crazy on him and the title's ruckus ensues. This is a really charming and deceptively simple, straightforward and honest comedic take on a lot of issues concerning appearances, communities, gender and other stereotypes, as well as a quietly contemplative film on healing and the relentless passage of time. Farnsworth and Johnson serve as elder-statesman-like counterparts to balance the reckless hillbillies whose (blood)thirst for adventure will get quenched by a taste of war-like madness and disorientation. Ruckus possesses a light and sometimes fleetingly subtle touch that is very unusual for this type of material, especially considering its broad comedy and the openly articulated themes, which makes it a true one-of-a-kind experience, a film that tries to poke fun at the absurdities of life during the specific time it was made, and a perfect example of low-key independent filmmaking which can blend diverse and contradictory ideas and emotions to create a grab bag of bewildering moments and cinematic miniatures that enrich each other and rekindle the lust for life of our two protagonists as well as the viewers' belief in the magic of cinema. Cause in movies, everything is possible.

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