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423 Ratings

Rolling Thunder

Directed by John Flynn
United States, 1977
Drama, Thriller, Action


Major Charles Rane comes back from the war a hero, and is given a number of gifts from his hometown for his service. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver dollars gifted to him. In the process, they also manage to kill his wife and son, and destroy his hand…

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Rolling Thunder Directed by John Flynn

Critics reviews

The most searing-in-the-brain moments aren’t even the cathartic bloodbath, which for all its shotgun blasts is strangely bloodless (no hand being shot off ala Taxi Driver) and we never see Devane’s own bloody stump, BUT we do get to see him drive his hook up into a deserving crotch, which automatically bumps any revenge film a star or two. And most of all, there’s that chill Devane’s brilliantly flatline performance brings.
July 07, 2013
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On paper, Rolling Thunder is a conventionally macho potboiler that, in the vein of many 1970s films, dresses up a Death Wish scenario with token nods to the politically charged despair that followed in the wake of the Vietnam War, and even people who only casually attend movies will probably assume early on that Rane’s going to kill several people before the end of the film. But Devane and Jones’s performances… display a refreshing empathy for the soldiers’ torment.
May 27, 2013
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