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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

The Greatest Monster Truck Story Ever Told

Author: Schabe from Mpls, MN
6 September 1999

I *loved* this film. It's a classic, universal story -- the story of a young man named Joey whose entire family is killed by Ned Beatty's mentally retarded offspring. Unable to cope with his feelings of loss and helplessness, Joey makes a decision we can all sympathize with. He builds a gigantic, flame-spouting tank with 7' tires and proceeds to take revenge on those who have wronged him, as well as their vehicles and buildings.

The vehicle itself is impressive -- it's not just a pickup truck on huge tires, it's a wholly scrap-built "Mad Max" battlewagon. It carries a gigantic retractable drill/metal cutter on its front bumper, apparently scavenged from some gratuitously suggestive metal-rendering machinery. There's a great scene involving the drill, a drainage pipe, and the protaganist's girlfriend that conjures echoes of Tetsuo, the Iron Man.

The thing that surprised me most was the acting. Let me make this clear -- the script is awful, a tissue-thin vehicle intended to carry the film from one scene of gasoline-fueled mayhem to the next. Yet, this cast of mostly unknown actors all rise far above the occasion, adding unexpected dimension to a movie that's really all about the sound of crunching metal and breaking glass. Ned Beatty, the sole recognizable name in the lineup, delivers a stellar performance as an aging greaser and single parent, trying to protect his quasi-legal business interests and his fetal-alcohol-syndrome afflicted bastard children as they are crushed one by one under the wheels of a vengeance-crazed truck driver. Even the weepy girlfriend and the one-day-before-retirement county sherrif are played as low-key, believable characters.

So, there you have it. Rolling Vengeance -- a timeless story of tragedy, family, and monster trucks. See it with someone you love, and a case of cheap beer.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Super 80's Cheese will Rock your BRAIN!

Author: faceyourmelt from United States
1 May 2011

TV movies were never a big deal to me. I always assumed since it's on TV it can't be that badass. There are no boobies and no gore so why bother, right? Well Rolling Vengeance has taught me a thing or two about TV movies. Apparently they can be brutal! Joey and Big Joe Rosso are an all American father son trucking team who happen to be unfortunate enough to deliver booze to the local strip club. The club is run by Tiny Doyle and his four sons who harass the public and cause a general disturbance to everyone in a half mile radius. One day while drunk driving they decided to play chicken with Big Joe Rosso's wife and two daughters. When chicken goes wrong the wife and kids are killed and the rednecks get off scot-free. Enraged, Little Joey decides to get his revenge one way or another.

The sheer brutality of the mother and two daughters dying in the first half of the film is only the beginning. As we move on we see the father put in a coma and the girlfriend raped. For a made for TV movie this sure has some balls! The only thing that really holds back the film is how ridiculously mean Tiny Doyle and the Doyle brothers are. In the court case, after getting off free of killing a mans wife and two children, they stand outside the courthouse to make fun of him! Then they drop cinderblocks on his truck! Maybe I'm not from the country and don't realize what people are like out there but is anyone that mean? Ned Beatty doesn't really pull off the badass father figure either. The first time we see him he's wearing a 50's leather jacket and he looks like that old guy at the club no one talks to.

As far as revenge films go Rolling Vengeance goes on the top of my list. The first half of the film would put it their alone. When you find out Little Joey Rosso has been building the biggest, meanest monster truck this side of Kentucky this movie will move right up to your favorites. Watching Joey roll over half the town in his 80's montage themed monster invention is to 80's what chicken is to waffles! You gotta love it.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Bigfoot on steroids.

Author: Backlash007 from Kentucky
20 October 2002

Rolling Vengeance (along with The Pit) is one the most unintentionally hilarious flicks I've ever witnessed. Don Michael Paul plays Joey Russo, a young trucker whose entire family is killed by Ned Beatty's idiot offspring. This is what I think happened: After Beatty was raped in Deliverance, these are the b*****d children he went on to have. Beatty is the highlight of the film, next to the monster truck, but I'll get to that in a moment. He absolutely cracks me up and he's way over the top with his all black outfit, leather jacket, slicked back hair, and one tooth missing. He's ridiculous. Back to the story, Joey decides to take revenge on the ultimate hillbillies in one of the most extreme ways ever. He constructs a monster truck of epic proportions, it's Bigfoot on steroids and it wreaks major havoc on the rednecks from hell. Check this one out if you like your cheese thick and your corn corny.

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Author: Brian T. Whitlock (GOWBTW) from WILMINGTON, NC
17 July 2017

What do you do when the law is not on your side? You build a monster truck and teach these bullies a lesson. That's just the case in "Rolling Vengeance". A father and son trucking team deliveries liquor to a bar owner name Tiny Doyle(Ned Beatty). He has 5 sons who run rampant through the town: Driving drunk, running people off the road. They killed the trucker's wife and daughters. He would go after the person responsible after a technicality in court. He too would end up losing his life. Joey Rosso (Don Michael Paul) would get extreme by building a monster truck consisting of parts from a junkyard. He takes it on its first test drive after the first two brothers when they attacked another trucker. The van was totaled on the encounter. Before that, Joey used the truck to turn Tiny's used car lot in a junkyard. Tiny's next two sons were next after they raped Joey's girlfriend Misty (Lisa Howard). This truck makes Bigfoot look like a normal vehicle. This movie is for truck lovers. It's not for everyone. I wouldn't put this movie down. It could use more scenes to make it fun. But it was fine for me. 2.5 out of 5 stars

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Not as bad as the people are saying!

Author: utahman1971 from United States
28 August 2017

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People say it is bad, but really isn't must be the relatives of the drunk kids. Jeez, I liked it a lot and I am not really into trucker movies or rednecks. So must be a redneck to not like it. I am not. Oh well, you either hate it or love it.

I love it, and thought it was okay, but missed after watching the first half hour and then did other things. Now, catching it again and watching it all the way through on television, and all I can say is, that it is a great and awesome revenge movie.

I think this site sucks because the ratings on here suck from bad reviewers, and this site lets the bad reviews in. No forcing of ratings, just people making things up to ruin the ratings. I will enjoy it while others complain about it.

People are so picky about movies, it's pathetic.

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Rolling Thunderstorm

Author: sol- from Perth, Australia
10 July 2017

Distraught after the hooligans who killed his mother and sisters avoid conviction thanks to a heartless judge, a young rig driver designs a monster truck to enact revenge in this action film from Canada. The film gets off to a slow start with nearly half the duration elapsing before the trucker designs the machine, but the tension never ceases once it goes into action. The vehicle is a remarkable feat of imagination with flame throwers and a giant drill, plus the wheels of a tractor, and it is startling to watch it crush other cars (like a tank), break through walls and run people over. If all this sounds over-the-top, it is because it is, but no matter, such exaggerations fit in well with the film thematically, which is about a young man reacting in the most extreme way he knows to an adverse situation. Quality supporting turns (from Ned Beatty as the hooligans' father and Lawrence Dane as the protagonist's father) help matters too, and the film has a few acute things to say about the risks of working for scumbags - something that his father tells him is necessary, but something that also leads to the demise of half his family. The film may have worked better with the hooligans being fleshed out in further depth (they are pretty much interchangeable) but no doubt half of the film's audience will come from those in it for the truck, which is indeed great even if it only appears somewhat late.

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A "vigilante trucker" get's his revenge.

Author: Idiot-Deluxe from United States
20 December 2016

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"Don't muck with an 18-wheel trucker!!!!!" Oh, sorry, good tag-line, but for the wrong movie.

Having seen it twice, I can tell you that this low-budget flick from the 80's is a fun one - provided you keep your expectations modest. Rolling Vengeance is a story about a young trucker, who after being spurned by the justice system, deals out his brand of vengeance upon those who murdered his entire family. This economically-shot revenge flick certainly has it's shinning moments, mostly in the form of sweet "mechanized" revenge; but before that can happen there's a little back story. Joey Rosso is a young trucker that's learning the ropes of the trade and he yearns and aspires to be just like his old man Big Joe Rosso and he is well on his way to attaining the status of Pro-Trucker - unfortunately for him, there's trouble up ahead - just around bend!

The Rosso boy's are employed by a certain smarmy, used-car salesman and bar owner by the name of Tiny Doyle, who along with his five low-down, bottom-of-the-gene-pool son's, run a prosperous strip-bar called "Tiny's Dance". It's the job of the Rosso's to truck in the liquor at Tiny's place and well it's simply a very contentious relationship between the two sides, that plus alcohol and a pick-up truck, all tragically serve to shape the plot and what's left of the Doyle clans future. Taken to court and found "not guilty" of vehicular manslaughter, the Rosso's naturally feel cheated by the justice system, shortly there after a bar brawl at Tiny's joint ignites a full fledged feud, one that pits the Rosso's vs the Doyle's and more murder and mayhem is primed and waiting.

Soon afterwards the Doyle's take out Big Joe with an aerial assault of cinder blocks and in light of this most recent outrage it pushes junior over-the-edge and swears vengeance, as Big Joe lay's comatose. It's through here that the movie briefly takes on a certain MacGyver-like quality, as junior Rosso gets down to business in enacting his quest for justice - vigilant justice. Scrounging around in the local junkyards, Joey finds the part's for his avenging "rig" of destruction and gets down to it - with wrench and blow-torch he literally builds a one-of-a-kind, flame-spewing, monstertruck. With his rig complete and the Doyle clan in his crosshair's, Joey Rosso wastes no time in enacting - ROLLING VENGEANCE! And as it turns out, two-by-two, the Doyle's do fall.

At first Joey's MO is clearly set in the form of an avenging, fire-spewing, war-rig of destruction - in the night and soon he begins to lay the hurt on the despicable Doyle's, loudly and very effectively. On the first night it's the destruction of Tiny's used-car business - and the Doyle's DO notice this, but then on the very next night Joey Rosso (Mr. Rolling Venegance himself) ups the ante big-time and as I said, the Doyles begin to fall, as murder ensues - out in the back-country. Murder it is, but more specifically, it's vehicular-homicide of the most inspired kind - who's victims could NOT be more guilty or more deserved of the fiery, hell-bent, brand of mechanized vigilante justice that Joey Rosso has in store for them. In other words - their in a world of trouble.

After the first batch of Doyle's are dispatched the stakes are raised, when a couple of drunken Doyle's are out at Joey's place, looking and listening for clues, in an effort to find the answers to who's been causing them all the bad luck lately. Turn's out Joey's not home - but his pretty girlfriend "Misty" unfortunately show's up looking for him, seeing an opportunity the Doyle boy's pounce like laughing hyena's and proceed to rape her. NOW JOEY'S REALLY PISSSED and his brazenness is increased ten-fold, as he unleashes his Rolling Vengeance in broad daylight! What starts as a chase in a corn field, ends in an inspired chase to the death in a large, warehouse - and suddenly there's just two Doyle's left and more vengeance is bound to come rolling their way soon.

The sheriff is well aware of what's going on and has more than a hunch of who's behind all the killings, but since the Doyle's are such slime, he's intent on taking his time investigating the matter. Cut back to the hospital, where Big Joe linger's in a coma, the sheriff finds Joey and does some "light questioning", however other events interrupt this, as Big Joe dies and Misty walks in further complicating things. As night falls Joey once again gets back to his work, Rolling Vengeance ends in a spectacularly destructive finale at Tiny's Dance and with the help of the sheriff they slay the king rat, Tiny Doyle and his last remain son. Misty shows up once again and predictably she wastes no time in getting in the way and she's very nearly gets drilled again, but in a VERY different sort of way.

Ned Beatty's performance is simply the best of the lot and with his combination of comb-over, black leather jacket and a missing tooth, he play's his character with style, as the loathsomely, smarmy, Tiny Doyle - ruler and patriarch of the Doyle clan. I find his performance to be terrifically entertaining and wish he'd played a similar role in a movie with a much bigger budget, I think the results would have just been inspired. Rolling Vengeance is very much a "taking-out-the-trash" type of movie, that were extremely popular in the 80's.

Anyway, once it all said and done the young trucker gets his revenge......

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We need more potatoes......

Author: FlashCallahan from Leicester, United Kingdom
12 November 2011

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The six drunken sons of influential local business owner Tiny Doyle have been terrorising the streets of their small town in their pick-up truck.

Local trucker Big Joe Rosso has a wife named Kathy, a son named Joey, and two young daughters named Allison and Kristin.

Big Joe and Joey do business with Tiny, delivering liquor to his bar, but that doesn't stop Tiny's son Vic from driving drunk and running Kathy off the road, killing Kathy, Allison, and Kristin.

Thanks to Tiny's influence, the local judge sets Vic free after ordering Vic to pay a $300 fine.

Lieutenant Sly, one of the local cops, is sympathetic toward the Rosso family, but Sly is about to retire, and Tiny has a lot of clout in this town.

Enraged and bereaved, Big Joe goes after Vic, but the Doyles kill Big Joe. After that, they rape Joey's girlfriend Misty.

Enraged and frustrated, Joey builds a monster truck out of junked car and truck parts, with seven-foot tall tires, a flame thrower, and a giant retractable combination drill and metal cutter mounted on it.

Joey is out to do what the local authorities cannot or will not do...put an end to the Doyles once and for all.

From the eighties, comes the best Monster Truck revenge film ever made, with Ned Beatty.

It's basically your average revenge flick, with the star looking like a cross between Kiefer Sutherland and James Van Der Beek, putting in an okay performance of one of the most unluckiest kids alive.

He lives in the worlds smallest town, there is only one bar, and you know his family are going to die, because when they are on screen during the first act, there is a hazy sheen to the lighting, whenever they are on screen.

He builds his monster truck, his girlfriend gets violated, so he carries on, can you blame him? It's quite a brutal film to watch, and the violence is pretty full on, but it's great to see Beatty and his band of Chainsaw Massacre alike family and him mocking them.

Forgettable, but watchable.

Just change the picture IMDb please, I feel like a redneck.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Citizen Kane of Monster Truck Revenge Flicks

Author: DevastationBob-3 from geosynchronous orbit over Madagascar
7 March 2010

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If there's a better monster truck revenge movie out there, please direct me to it. I caught this chopped up on cable, so some language and violence might have been cut out, but what I was left with was an entertaining movie about a young trucker who A-Teams a giant killer truck in his barn and goes after the drunken yokels what killed his family. I'm kind of surprised I'd never heard of this movie before I saw the listing and the world monster truck and revenge. Nobody immediately recognizable in it except for Ned Beatty Ben Gazarra-ing (it's a verb, look it up) as a sleazy bar owner with Wolverine hair and a pro-drunk driving policy. He's such a creep the local law enforcement don't seem to mind some phantom vehicle offing his kin, which was almost refreshing in a way for this type of genre film. The finale does fall a little flat in places though, but all in all this was an entertaining little flick that gives the visceral satisfaction of seeing bad guys ground under the wheels of a beWheemoth monster truck. Well done.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Hands down, the best Monster Truck film ever made

Author: Noel from United States
7 July 2007

The Monster truck movie of all monster truck movies. After rednecks terrorize a young man and his family, he seeks revenge and boy does he get it! Using only the top equipment. This contains everything one would expect and ask for in a monster truck film: cars crushed, violence (not gory), humor (if you can't find humor in this, well, I don't know what to tell you, although there are some very sad parts), the building of Rolling Vengeance, bar fights, AND an interesting story line... Who would have thought! The truck Rolling Vengeance was built by one of the top monster truck drivers Mike Welch in 1986. You can't go wrong with this one. I would most definitely recommend this movie to anyone and everyone!

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