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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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A Vietnam Vet Kills For Revenge See more »


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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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Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Years later, William Devane talked about his regrets with the film not being a bigger hit, stating that the studio lost confidence in it after a disastrous sneak preview that he and Tommy Lee Jones weren't able to convince/force them to stick with their wider release plan. Devane noted that Warren Beatty "knew how to play the game" when he similarly overcame fierce opposition from Warner Brothers regarding "Bonnie and Clyde" and was able to engineer a re-release that ended up making that film and enormous hit; Devane said "I didn't know how to do that. I still don't know how to do that!" See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, while standing in line with other military personnel just back from Vietnam, the brass U.S. and Infantry lapel disks on MSgt Vohden's Army uniform are wrongly positioned. They should be on the upper lapels, but instead they appear on the lower lapels. Interestingly, the brass on the uniform of the soldier next to Jones are correctly placed. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.148 (2012) See more »

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San Antone
Written by Barry De Vorzon (uncredited)
Sung by Denny Brooks
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Influential and, sadly, somewhat forgotten
9 June 2004 | by Crepus13See all my reviews

I recently caught this semi-exploitative revenge flick on TV (Showtime), after wanting to see it for a while. Unfortunately, it's not on DVD and there's a good chance you're not going to find it on VHS (or laser disc) either, unless you go through eBay, maybe. Anyway, despite the fact that my first viewing of "Rolling Thunder" was in a modified format (unless the movie was shot in 1.33:1, which I doubt), I had a blast. William Devane is pretty great as the slightly psycho Vietnam vet who comes home to find that his small town life isn't waiting for him. And, of course, he goes *completely* psycho after...well, I won't spoil anything. Worth mentioning: this film is a big influence on Quentin Tarantino, who named his short-lived film release company after it (i.e. Rolling Thunder Pictures). What a shame that the company didn't survive long enough to re-release the film it's named for. If you're really into '70s cinema, action, sleaze, etc., you have to make an effort to see "Rolling Thunder". For real.


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