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William Devane plays a rare sympathetic role in Rolling Thunder, though his behavior is just as cold-blooded and sharkish as in any of his villainous assignments. Devane is cast as Maj. Charles Rane, a recently released Vietnam POW who is given a hero's welcome in his Texas hometown. Things sour pretty quickly, however: Rane's wife has lost all love for him, his son doesn't recognize him, and there are those in town who consider him a "loser" or "baby-killer." All he really has to show for his ordeal in Nam is a cache of silver coins bestowed on him by the more… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Performances are made crystalline through a sixth sense for camera placement and curt cutting from director John Flynn, whose 2007 passing was little noted, though his no-BS way of laying down a story is a rare commodity in any era."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The connection to an emotional truth is key to its success, because as the plot starts moving and the elements of the violent revenge flick start rearing their head, the movie feels grounded in Rane's reality."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"A dark, gritty cult classic."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"In sum, it neither rolls nor thunders."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This exploitation flick is a red-blooded, all-American revenge movie, but offers sensitive insight into the pain of post-war adjustment."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"It's the best cold-blooded Death Wish type of revenge film I've seen."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[It] has some good things, but in the way it has been directed by John Flynn it moves so easily and sort of foolishly toward its violent climax that all the tension within Charlie has long since escaped the film."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"While Rolling Thunder suffers from Schrader's predictable obsessions with masculine ritual and gunplay, Devane and Jones enhance the material with their nuanced, sensitive portrayals of men who have lost their souls in another land."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Devane and Jones are outstanding. Their characters are as numb as scar tissue, emasculated by peace and alienated by an ashamed and horrified society. The folly of the Vietnam War permeates every frame."
‑ , Film4
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