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Rolling Vengeance (1987)

A truck driver builds a special, eight-ton truck to help get revenge against the rednecks who killed his family and raped his girlfriend.

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A man is out to kill a bunch of rivalries who killed his innocent mother and the mother of their kids in a car that was destroyed and got pushed down to the bushes, now he wants revenge building up a massive monster truck also known as the "ROLLING VENGEANCE"

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Always use the right tool for the job.

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There were two monster trucks built for the movie by Mike Welch. After filming Mr. Welch kept the only surviving truck and replaced the cab with a Peterbilt, and named the truck "Super Pete", it was used in monster truck shows into the 90's and after years of abuse it was finally scrapped. See more »

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After shooting out the tire of the big rig, the two sons stand in front of it and fire more rounds than their shotguns can hold without reloading. See more »

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Vic Doyle: [Vic is nervous, waiting for Joey] What was that?
Tiny Doyle: What?
Vic Doyle: I heard something.
Tiny Doyle: Maybe it's the ghost riders in the sky.
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Have My Way With You
Performed by Anthony Della'Reese
Written and Produced by Timmy Cappello
© 1987 Picture That Music (ASCAP)
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Hits the spot for lovers of formulaic B flicks.
17 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Joey Rosso (Don Michael Paul) is a young independent trucker who works with his dad Big Joe (Lawrence Dane) hauling stuff for anybody and everybody. That includes even the wretched Doyle clan, because hey, work is work. But the Doyles feel compelled to show the world what sons of bitches they are. They cause an accident that claims three members of the Doyle family. Then Big Joe is badly injured in a traffic accident that they instigated. All of this, and the law seemingly cannot touch the Doyles. Well, Joey's not going to stand for this. He takes the super-duper monster truck on which he's been working, and metes out some brutal vehicular revenge.

Written by Michael Thomas Montgomery, this routine but enjoyable vengeance saga fulfills its requirements more than adequately. It establishes the Doyles as so completely vile that you are just ACHING to see them get what they deserve. Presiding over these stereotypical redneck cretins is patriarch Tiny Doyle (Ned Beatty), giving us two father figures of differing stripes in the story. Just about everything in Montgomery's script plays out as you would expect it to, if you've ever seen other movies like this. It doesn't just push buttons, but takes a sledgehammer to them.

Of course, the real "star" is the title monster truck, designed and operated by Michael Welch. When it first makes an appearance, it's a cheer-worthy moment. And the relentless onslaught of vehicular carnage is fun, although there's no gore to speak of, and thereby offend some potential viewers.

Paul, who went on to an interesting career as screenwriter ("Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man") and director ("Half Past Dead", "Tremors 5"), is a perfectly serviceable protagonist. You definitely sympathize with this guy. Dane has a warm and wonderful presence, and Beatty (other than Paul, the only token American in the cast) is pretty good. Lisa Howard is appealing as Joey's sweet girlfriend; look for familiar Canadian actors such as Susan Hogan ("The Brood"), Michael J. Reynolds ("Visiting Hours"), and Leslie Carlson ("Videodrome") in supporting roles and bits.

All in all, this is pretty damn good for this kind of action fare. Ideal viewing if you love trucks and just want to put your brain in neutral for just over 92 minutes.

Seven out of 10.


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