Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder (1977)

In this film, William Devane is cast as a recently released Vietnam POW who is given a hero's welcome in his Texas hometown. Things sour quickly, however: Devane's wife has lost all love for him, his son doesn't recognize him,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1977
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Flynn's crisp, laconic direction and evocative use of Southern Texas locations transorm Rolling Thunder, now at area theaters, into a more distinctive exploitation movie than it deserves to be.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

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.

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Eric Melin

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.

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Stan Hall

A dark, gritty cult classic.

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Variety Staff

In sum, it neither rolls nor thunders.

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Jamie Russell
Total Film

This exploitation flick is a red-blooded, all-American revenge movie, but offers sensitive insight into the pain of post-war adjustment.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the best cold-blooded Death Wish type of revenge film I've seen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Original grindhouse grist.
Graham Jones
This grindhouse classic rises above the level of a normal b-movie revenge flick and earns it's reputation as a low-budget American masterpiece. The scene… More
Alex roy
Revenge films of the 1970's have always were something unique in terms of acting and sheer bad asssed entertainment value. Charles Bronson delivered in… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Now this is real exploitation vigilante greatness, when it looks like it's going to be a drama then it switches gears. Fun times for everyone.
Pierluigi Puccini
B-movie heaven. An unjustly neglected revenge classic with a simple but compelling plot that sets up William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones in low key, no nonsense… More
Steve K
More 70's B-level cinema with William Devane. Another variation on the revenge flick, this one more somber than most. Keeps things realistic until the… More