The ultimate revenge film, Rolling Thunder is one of the quintessential examples of action cinema from the glorious 1970s.
After spending eight years in a Vietcong prison camp, Major Charles Rane (William Devane, 24) returns home to a small town in Texas to be greeted as a hero with a Cadillac convertible and couple thousand dollars in silver coins, one for each day of his imprisonment. Struggling to go back to his former life, Rane faces another ordeal as a gang of thugs set their sights on his cash prize...
Now living only for vengeance, he heads to Mexico to exact his own brand of justice on the fleeing crooks. Tommy Lee Jones (JFK, Batman Forever) co-stars as Rane's best friend, Johnny Vohden, who unquestioningly agrees to help Rane in his mission of revenge.
This little-seen gem was directed by John Flynn (Lock Up) and co-written by two top screenwriters, Heywood Gould (The Boys From Brazil) and Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver).
The film's title also was the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's short lived video/DVD label, Rolling Thunder Pictures.