When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that shortly before his brother was shot by two killers. They didn’t know that the bank they robbed was owned by the syndicate. When he’s almost offed by a killer too, he pays the mobster Jack Manner a visit and demands reparation. His friend Cody helps him to gratify his thirst for revenge. —IMDb
John Flynn (March 14, 1932 – April 4, 2007) was an American film director and screenwriter known for making efficient, no-nonsense crime-thrillers The Outfit and Rolling Thunder.
Flynn was raised in Hermosa Beach, California and served in the Coast Guard, It was during this stint that he studied journalism with Roots author Alex Haley. Flynn received a degree in journalism from UCLA.
He began his cinematic career as an apprentice to director Robert Wise on Odds Against Tomorrow and worked as the script supervisor on West Side Story. From there, Flynn worked as a second unit director on Kid Galahad and The Great Escape. He made his debut as a director with The Sergeant starring Rod Steiger.
Flynn’s substantial commercial success was with The Outfit starring Robert Duvall. The filmmaker achieved a dedicated cult following with the gritty revenge thriller, Rolling Thunder starring William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones.
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"rolling thunder" director john flynn takes on the same donald westlake character that inspired "point blank." robert duvall is no lee marvin, and "the outfit" is no "rolling thunder." a few welcome faces among the supporting cast (timothy carey, joe don baker, an elderly robert ryan) can't make up for the generic brand aesthetics, aimless tough guy posturing and barbaric gender politics. nothing special.