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Rolling Thunder (1977)

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A returning war veteran loses his family to a violent home invasion and decides to seek and retaliate against those responsible.

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John Flynn

Writers:

Paul Schrader (screenplay), Heywood Gould (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lawrason Driscoll ... Cliff
James Victor ... Lopez
Cassie Yates ... Candy
Jordan Gerler Jordan Gerler ... Mark
Jane Abbott ... Sister
Jerry Brown ... Patrolman 1
Jacque Burandt Jacque Burandt ... Bebe
Anthony Castillo Anthony Castillo ... Street Urchin
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Storyline

Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver dollars from him. In the process they also manage to kill his wife and son and destroy his hand. The Major wants revenge so he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny to meet the thugs in a final showdown. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Major Charles Rane Has Come Home To War! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 February 1978 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit der Stahlkralle See more »

Filming Locations:

Pearsall , Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In his 1982 book 'Adventures in the Screen Trade,' William Goldman called an advance screening of this movie "the most violent sneak reaction of recent years... the audience actually got up and tried to physically abuse the studio personnel present among them." See more »

Goofs

In one scene Major Rane has circles around his US insignias on his Air Force dress blue jacket. In other scenes in the movie he doesn't have circles around his US insignias. Only Air Force enlisted dress blue jackets have circles around the US insignias. Air Force officer dress blue uniforms do NOT have circles around the US insignias. 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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

San Antone
Written by Barry De Vorzon (uncredited)
Sung by Denny Brooks
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cool film--a great editor's last
5 July 2000 | by FarleyedSee all my reviews

The editor on this film, Frank P. Keller, died shortly after working on the film. He also was the editor on Bullitt. He won the Oscar for editing on that film. Rolling Thunder has a very strong and deliberate editing style and pace--it all hangs together very well--and the action cutting is very tight. The quick cutaways to the blue-tinted POW torture scenes work very well too. I think part of the reason this film is so cool is Keller's editing.


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