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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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A comedy romp across country roads! 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

International Vision See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kyle (Dirk Benedict) laughs after chasing Cecil (Matt Clark) into the gas station with his truck. The laughter was dubbed by writer/director Max Kleven. 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

Sam Bellows: Which way did he go?
Jenny Bellows: All he said was he didn't like being locked up.
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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SALLY WAS A GOOD OLD GIRL
Written by Harlan Howard (as Harland Howard)
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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