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Ruckus (1980)

PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller | March 1981 (USA)
A Vietnam veteran passing through a small town is harassed by local bullies but he fights back, using his wartime skills, and triggers a full-scale police manhunt.

Director:

Max Kleven

Writer:

Max Kleven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Benedict ... Kyle Hanson
Linda Blair ... Jenny Bellows
Richard Farnsworth ... Sheriff Jethro Pough
Matt Clark ... Cece
Jon Van Ness ... Deputy Dave
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Sarge
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Homer (as Cliff Pellow)
Ben Bates ... Big Ben
Jerry Gatlin Jerry Gatlin ... Bubba
Bennie E. Dobbins Bennie E. Dobbins ... Joe (as Benny Dobbins)
Bobby Hughes Bobby Hughes ... Bobby Bellows
A.J. Blake A.J. Blake ... Sally the Barmaid
Melanie Weeks Melanie Weeks ... Counter Girl
Patrick Connolly Patrick Connolly ... Gas Station Attendant
Bob Peeler Bob Peeler ... Farmer At Fair
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Storyline

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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On the long lonely journey from a past he wanted to forget, to the uncertain future which awaited, he wanted to be left alone... but only she understood. So if they wanted trouble, there was bound to be a ruckus. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Ruckus in a Small Town See more »

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Production Co:

International Vision See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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To stay in character, Dirk Benedict felt it was important to remove himself from the rest of the cast and crew as much as possible during the shoot. Therefore he spoke as little as possible and secluded himself in his hotel room at night. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jenny Bellows: There're some men coming for you. They say you're dangerous, are you dangerous?
[Kyle gets up holding a knife, walks past her]
Jenny Bellows: Wait, my dad, Mr. Bellows is with them, I can talk to him.
Kyle Hanson: They tried to lock me up. I can't handle that.
Jenny Bellows: Well don't run! Those men out there are all hunters! They're just looking to shoot at something.
Kyle Hanson: I can handle that.
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Soundtracks

YOU COMB HER HAIR
Written by Harlan Howard (as Harland Howard) and Hank Cochran
Tree Publishing Co.
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Low-budget drama with curious, unsuccessful comedic asides
17 March 2007 | by moonspinner55See 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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