Review: Rolling Thunder (1977)

When a slow-churning movie makes up for it with one of cinemas coolest shoot-outs. Totally worth it!

blu“ROLLING THUNDER”
1977
Action
USA

Director: John Flynn
Stars: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes
Distributor: Studio Canal
Runtime: 99 mins
BLU RAY REGION B

“I wish we had something more exciting to shoot at…”

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Charlie’s back from ‘Nam, after years of misery and torture in a prison. Back home he finds out that his wife is dating another guy. As the American hero that he is, he gets a huge award in silver dollars on national TV. A bunch of sweaty, filthy Mexicans see this and wants to rob him. They molest his hand and kills the cheating wife and his son. Game on. His new (and hot)girlfriend and his army buddy goes after the dirty bunch.

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One of many “back-from-Vietnam-with-a-vengeance-movies” from the 70’s and early 80’s. Written by the guy who gave us “Taxi Driver”. The pace is pretty slow, but the last 5 minutes of the movie makes up for it. One hell of a revenge flick. Thought the main protagonist (Devane) was a poor casting, and an uncharismatic choice. Tommy Lee Jones (as his buddy) was frightening good in his role. A fine movie with an explosive and raw ending. Check it out!

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bpoint-5