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.Read more ›
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