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Plot: 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 .. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 14 Oct 1977
Paul Schrader is usually the man most prominently mentioned in connection with this film due to the fact that he also wrote TAXI DRIVER and as a result the contributions of co-screenwriter Heywood Gould & director John Flynn have been unfairly ignored. Everything in the film, whether its someone having their hand ground up in a garbage disposal or telling a hooker, " I'm going to kill a bunch of people",is handled in a very matter-of-fact way and the eventual effect is mighty powerful.One only needs to imagine how wretched this sort of film would be if it were re-made today <more>
to appreciate the no-nonsense, workman-like fashion in which it was created.
The Alpha & Omega of the modern "Revenge" picture. (by coolghouls13)
Rolling Thunder isn't better known because it needs to be sought after. It's a very powerful film. One of the best role of Tommy Lee Jones & one of the very best revenge pictures ever conceived.Devane's character is pure testosterone.What it is: A Definite must see for any fan of 70's sinema,"GRINDHOUSE/ /Drive-INN/,road-movies/, Strange 70's dramas/, or any A film for fan of seriously intrepid film making! Or anyone looking for an uncompromising vision in all it's ugly glory, & honest story telling.I'm truly amazed at the cinephiles who love 70's <more>
style insane character dramas,revenge,horror,gore,etc."grindhouse-a word thrown around a bit too much of late. I don't exactly categorize this film as "grindhouse". Though no doubt I'm sure it had it's run. But these films i always imagine to relate more in style to the "southern" drive-Inn style of action pictures.- Dirty Mary,Crazy Larry, Gaitor Bait & tons more. This film has little relation to Gaitor Bait, other than violence & bright southern scenery in parts,does have a great: " Dirty Mary, crazy Larry" feel towards the end.Rolling Thunder isn't better known because it needs to be sought after. It's a very powerful film. One of the best role of Tommy Lee Jones & one of the very best revenge pictures ever conceived.Devane's character is pure testosterone.I was around ten when my father 1st showed me the film,& I remember being somewhat confused/uncomfortable as to why the hero was trying to get his "friend" to hurt him. My father then explained: "Devane" has had no real contact, in war people tend to seal up & they become machines or they brake apart. -* My father fought in the Korean war.I only mention his part because I thinks it's a very brave choice to leave the scene in, where i can see a studio/producer wanting the scene out due to the fact it shows a damaged part of the psyche of our hero/anti-hero-Brando-personified & then mixed up again.* Elements of "The Wild One" of course are present even if only subconsciously .I feel as if parts of this film, can only be truly understood by those who've seen the true horror of war. These scenes have that very dual nature Very brave & honest characterization scenes.Building like a roller-coaster, the film opens with our hero returning from a war, more scarred than only a veteran could understand. Met with praise for slaughter & mental anguish. The only thing he knows is war. Not love for his wife as she seems to have forgotten any hope. a mere stranger to his son.His eyes are cold, Devane really pulled the darkness from his soul for this role & you will feel it! It's heartbreaking to watch the silent dynamic unfold between a lost little boy & his yearning father whose not even a memory to his son. The boy shyly wants to know his father & The couple decides to divorce, he keeps getting social praise as the things that matter slip away all, but the love for his son. He's then rewarded, as gangster types get involved-not to give too much away, but he ultimately loses his son & his hand & wife in a horrific, scenes that have to be seen.The game is on!Cherry Red Cadillac,Reflective Sun-glasses & the open road, not to mention enough hate inside & artillery to take down the terminator.The soldier takes over & it's a road movie to hell at all costs. With nothing to lose he heads towards Mexico where he mets a beautiful woman who gets involved & it becomes just a man hunting down his own demons, in the flesh & the ones in his soul. Few movies really compare with the dynamic portrayed by the characters, in most revenge movies before & definitely after. not that they were bad, just they didn't take the time to really suck you in get to know just how dark the character is. But this is where Devane shines. Righting wrongs that can never be healed. just like the scars of war.
2 Vietnam P.O.Ws return home after spending the better part of a decade in the "Hanoi Hilton" getting tortured & having to listen to speeches of "Americans" spouting anti-war BS to demoralize them Jane Fonda, John Kerry, etc... . William Devane in possibly my favorite of his roles, along side "Marathon Man" is Major Charles Rane, the one who seems to want to re-adjust back into life, he finds that his wife has been screwing around and some hoodlums kill his wife and kid, as well as stick his hand in a garbage disposal. Once he gets out of the hospital, <more>
hand replaced by hook, he goes out to find the b***ards for final justice. Tommy Lee Jones as Corporal Johhny Vohden seems to be more detached from his life, only springing to life when Major Rane goes to him for help in his vengeance. It all culminates, not unlike Schrader's previously written "Taxi Driver", in a shootout at a whorehouse. But I think I prefer this one.PS: I'm numbering my reviews now for some reasonMy Grade:A
Boy, it's good to see a film one really likes that is just about unknown.....and read other reviewers who share your high opinion of that movie.That's the case here in this simple revenge tale. My attraction to this film, outside of the interesting story, is the acting performance of William Devane, who plays the lead character. Seldom have I seen such a fascinating character.Devane's character, "Major Charles Rane," had some interesting things to say BUT his silence was downright fascinating. Just the looks on his face and the absolute silence when his wife tells him <more>
she had been fooling around in his absence when he had been suffering as POW, no less! or when the robbers are giving him a horrible, sadistic beating. With the exception of one, maybe two outbursts, his language was surprisingly civil, too. The movie had what I call "that gritty '70s look" to it but was well-filmed and probably would look very good on DVD. We are still waiting for that to happen. There were some solid closeup and shadow shots which added nicely to the neo-noir story. The violence is no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point and, with one exception at the end, realistically brutal........ but not overdone. The film starts slowly for the first 10-15 minutes but is a fast ride once the thieves enter the picture.Co-star Linda Haynes reminded me of Tuesday Weld but not quite as pretty and a tiny bit harder looking. Nonetheless, she was an interesting new face and one I still don't recall ever seeing in any other film. It's also fun to see such a young Tommy Lee Jones.Revenge movies can be a dime-a-dozen but this has at least one scene I guarantee you will never forget.
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.
Intense, grim and powerful revenge/drama (by Coventry)
In case you think "Death Wish" and "The Exterminator" were raw and disturbing post-Vietnam dramas handling about revenge, just wait until you see the totally obscure and sadly neglected "Rolling Thunder"! This movie has all the great trademarks of the aforementioned titles, PLUS a dazzling character-study and several genuinely moving drama elements! Its topics and the explicit display of on screen violence partially make "Rolling Thunder" look like a textbook exploitation flick from the rancid 70's, yet the extraordinary well-written script by no <more>
less than Paul Shrader lifts it up to a much higher class. After seven devastating years in a Vietcong prison camp, Major Charles Rane returns to his Texas hometown being just a vague shadow of the man he used to be. Despite being welcomed as a true war hero and having to deal with his wife leaving him for another man, Charles reacts to nothing. The only thing he wants is getting to know his 8-year-old son Marc. When he, along with his ex-wife, are relentlessly killed by a group of burglars, Charles transforms even more into a nihilistic man with only one thing on his mind vengeance. You ALWAYS know exactly what will happen next and how this movie will end, yet it remains fascinating to behold thanks to the complex characters and the brilliant actors that portray them. Especially the Vietnam-buddy relationship between Charles William Devane and Johnny Tommy Lee Jones is powerfully illustrated. Of course, I was never in such a situation luckily , but this must be what the interactions between two war veterans are like. Barely communicating at all, yet one always knows the other is thinking and both are prepared to sacrifice their lives and future to help out the other. The sequence in which Devane comes to ask Johnny's help without really asking anything at all is one of the most thrilling pieces of cinema I ever watched. Secondary aspects, like the depressing soundtrack and dark camera-work, add a great deal to the hauntingly dramatic atmosphere. The acts of violence near the end of the film are cruel and quite sadistic, yet you'll find yourself cheering out loud for sure. I suppose you don't have to feel embarrassed about that, since this is exactly how you would respond in case you find yourself trapped in Charles Rane's nightmare. This is easily Devane's most impressive performance, and he receives excellent feedback from Tommy Lee Jones still in one of his first film roles and the surprisingly talented Linda Haynes. "Rolling Thunder" comes with my highest possible recommendation and it's simply unacceptable that this intense classic hasn't received a proper DVD-release yet. I'll be one of the first to buy it in case it ever does!
I'm always fascinated by some of the wonderful and lesser known cult films from the 1970's. The Grainy film stock, the reliance on character and story rather than effects. "Rolling Thunder" is an excellent noir / revenge example of how atmosphere and the "less is more" style can propel a movie along in such a gripping way. With a screenplay by Paul Schrader Taxi Driver and a haunting theme song by Denny Brooks, this is a quality example of the genre.Major Charles Rane William Devane is a man who has been pushed beyond his limits during an eight year <more>
incarceration in the Hanoi Hilton. Returning home with his friend Sergeant Vohgel Tommy Lee Jones and being a minor celebrity to his home town, He is presented with a new Cadillac car and a briefcase full of silver dollars one for every day he was a POW He tries to adapt to civilian life with his wife, who is now engaged to another man, and his son who doesn't remember him. Any chance at healing his soul is destroyed when a gang of thugs show up at his house to steal the silver dollars. After trying to torture the location unsuccessfully of the briefcase out of the Major, his son reveals where it is in an effort to spare his father any more pain. Once in possession of the money they kill his wife and son as they witnessed the crime and leave him for dead. Big Mistake.This is a complex film which shows you a traumatised and quiet protagonist who is emotionally dead inside. Having suffered so much already , he can barely show any emotion over losing his family. When he decides to hunt the killers down, there are no outbursts just a cold resolve to do what he must.Devane and Jones are excellent as two men who share an unbreakable bond of camaraderie and are both destroyed by the horrors they suffered in Vietnam. Its interesting how neither fear conflict but are both uneasy in their own homes. Linda Haynes gives good support as a waitress who is attracted to Rane and his celebrity but then realises he is psychologically existing on a different level.One of the most interesting "revenge" films that i've seen due to the complex nature of the characters and the total lack of glorification involved in the scenes of violence. There are similarities to "The Wild Bunch" 1969 and the final shootout is a scene worthy of Peckinpah himself. At time of writing, this film is only available on a Spanish import DVD or rare VHS copies which you might be able to track down on e bay. Lets hope for a studio DVD release soon.
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 <more>
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.
Lean, mean and incredibly tough (by Leofwine_draca)
So many films these days attempt to emulate the classic grindhouse feel of '70s cinema: tough, rough around the edges and completely hardass. Most of them fail in the attempt, coming across as pastiches rather than throwbacks. Sometimes it requires us to revisit those films of old to remind ourselves of what it is that makes them so great.I first caught ROLLING THUNDER on television about a decade ago. It was one of those late-night showings, and the film stayed with me, at least two scenes in particular: the kitchen scene and the climax. Both were incredibly powerful and just <more>
wouldn't leave my mind. I was annoyed to find out that you couldn't buy it on DVD for many years, so it resided at the back of my mind where I continued to remember how great it was and wished for it to be one day released.Well, my wish came true, and you can now buy this film, remastered on Blu-ray no less. And it still holds up as a lean, mean, action thriller, boasting extremely tough performances, a script that emphasises realism above all else, and some outstanding action sequences. One of the reasons that it works so well is that, aside from the action/revenge plotting, like FIRST BLOOD and THE DEER HUNTER it's really a film about Vietnam veterans attempting to readjust themselves in a 'normal' world.William Devane – one of those familiar faces in cinema and the type to rarely get a leading role – delivers a strong turn as Major Charles Rane, a guy trying to fit into a world he no longer recognises. Devane's performance in ROLLING THUNDER is all about subtlety. If we're lucky, we'll see a flicker of emotion play out across his features, or a certain split-second look in his eyes. Other than that, he's never less than gruff and able.The revenge plot line is very well portrayed in a minimalist style. Paul Schrader's screenplay is excellent, as was his one for TAXI DRIVER, and the two films have much in common: not least insanely violent climaxes which really pay off on all the suspense and drama that's built up previously. Another source of greatness is Tommy Lee Jones, featuring here in a rather minor supporting role that nonetheless shows off the kind of laconic talent that would later make him a big name in Hollywood. Some modern viewers might find the pacing a little subdued and sedate by modern standards, but they'd be missing the point: for a film that's essentially a gun drama, ROLLING THUNDER works all because of that subtlety.