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  • Actors: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OQJS5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A favourite of Quentin Tarantino, Rolling Thunder is a quintessential revenge film from the 1970s. After eight years of torture in a POW camp, Major Charles Rane (William Devane, Marathon Man) returns home to receive a hero’s welcome and is awarded a big cash prize. Struggling to re-adjust to his former life, Rane faces another ordeal as a sadistic gang of thugs set their sights on his prize, killing his family and destroying his hand in the process. Now living only for vengeance, he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny (Tommy Lee Jones, No Country For Old Men, Men in Black) to exact his own brand of justice. Rolling Thunder was co-written by Hollywood legend Paul Schrader and was his first produced screenplay after Taxi Driver. The film’s title was also the inspiration for Tarantino’s short lived video/DVD label, Rolling Thunder Pictures.

Extras: - Audio Commentary with Co-Writer Heywood Gould, Moderated by Roy Frumkes - Theatrical Trailer with Eli Roth Introduction and Commentary - Exclusive Interview with Linda Haynes - Original TV Spot

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Rolling Thunder is directed by John Flynn and written by Paul Schrader and Heywood Gould. It stars William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best, Dabney Coleman and Luke Askew. Music is scored by Barry de Vorzon and cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.

When Major Charles Rane (Devane) returns from being a POW in Vietnam, he finds the world is a different place. His wife has been unfaithful and wants a divorce, his son doesn't know him and not everybody appreciates his service in the war effort. When some sympathetic town citizens hold a ceremony and give him 2,555 silver dollars, it signals the start of violence that takes Rane into a new war......

I'm just gonna sit here.

When Quentin Tarantino proclaimed Rolling Thunder as one of his favourite movies of all time, it was both a blessing and a curse. It's great that this undervalued and under seen gem hit the press notices, even getting a new Blu-ray release in the process, but with Quentin's name comes the millstone of exploitation and cheap flea-pit cinemas showing grubby movies. Nothing wrong with that, many film fans, myself included, enjoy 70s exploitation films and spent time in the afore mentioned sticky carpeted and tobacco perfumed theatres. But Rolling Thunder deserves better than being part of this filmic cultured arc, to have interested new parties seek it out purely with expectation of a revenge driven bloodbath movie.

You learn to love the pain.

John Flynn's movie is one of the finest of all the revenge driven movies out there. It has rich characterisation, thoughtful insight into the pain and tragedy of post war adjustment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 28 Dec. 2013
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When a Major in the US Airforce is freed from a Vietnamese POW camp, along with some of his fellow soldiers, he returns to his town a hero, to a fanfare of support and well wishes. However on arriving home he finds his wife has moved on, his son no longer a toddler and on an emotional level, pretty much unable to connect with or feel anything for the place he has returned too..
But when his home is invaded, he becomes disfigured and worse still, people close to him are killed, the result of which prompting the major to get himself together and go on a hunting trip, to find the aggressors and take his bloody revenge..

A really good Vietnam vet vigilante film this, with Devane giving us the laconic hero who goes on a hook handed road trip of vengeance. The pacing some will find maybe a little slow but the underlying tensions of an ill adjusted man about to erupt are handled quite well and the ending is nothing short of explosive. With Devane teaming up with his fellow POW pal Tommy Lee Jones (another ticking time~bomb who has more loose screws than a spillage in an ironmongers) in order to storm a Mexican brothel and attempt to kill every bad guy in sight. With the precedings being topped off by the appearance of the always welcome Luke Askew, as one of the nasties. . . oh yeah, and there's a lot of stuff involving aviator shades being used to hide people's souls from scrutiny.
For those of you who haven't seen this before, imagine a sort of cross between perhaps Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia and The Exterminator and you're kind of on the right lines. And if you like either of those then you're most likely onto a winner here.

The print on the UK (studio canal) special edition blu ray is sharp enough, with only a little grain. Those of you mad about extras maybe a little disappointed though, with just a short interview, a couple of trailers and a commentary.

4.25/5 stars at least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2014
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William Devane plays Major Charles Rane, a forty-something U.S. soldier returning home after 7 years held as a P.O.W. in Vietnam.
He leaves one world of hurt, to discover another one back at home. His forty-something wife has been unfaithful and is leaving him. His 9 year old son doesn't know him. He suffers from flashbacks of his time as a captive, and his sleep is disturbed, all signs of PTSD.
At a town ceremony, Major Rane is given the keys to a Cadillac convertible and a carved wooden presentation box, containing 2555 silver dollar coins, one for each day of his incarceration in 'Nam. A gang of four thieves break into the Major's home and they torture him viciously, to try to force him to disclose where he's hidden the silver dollars. He refuses and the gang then vent their mounting fury on the soldier's wife and daughter.
Major Rane soon starts a new relationship with a pretty, thirty-something blonde lady, Linda, she's a local lass who's had a crush on him from afar for very many years. Oddly, the Major decides to take his fledgling girlfriend with him to Acuna in Mexico, where he plans to trace and exact revenge on the men who brought tragedy into his family home...
Tommy Lee Jones has a relatively minor role, he plays John Voden, another former Vietnam POW who's returned home and is coming to terms with his new start in life. His character doesn't really figure until the climax of the story.
This is a quietly effective revenge movie from the mid 1970's which has aged well. Quentin Tarantino has publicised his admiration for this film, which helped it to secure a long overdue release on Blu-Ray. It's a slow burner, which takes its time carefully establishing the personalities of the central characters.
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