Rolling Thunder is a classic 1977 revenge flick that starred William Devane and featured one of the first major roles for Tommy Lee Jones. Devane stars in the film as Major Charles Rane, a Vietnam veteran who returns to his small Texas town after being a POW in Hanoi. He then takes on a band of outlaws who killed his loved ones and amputated his hand. The screenplay was co-written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver , The Yakuza) and Heywood Gould (Fort Apache, The Bronx) from a story by Schrader. Sometimes referred to as a "Grindhouse" movie, it actually had more effort put into it than many of the Grindhouse films from the 1970's. In actuality, much of the movie is more of a drama than the typical violence-filled revenge movie.Originally the movie was going to be released by 20th Century Fox, but a disastrous advance screening made the company elect not to release it. It was sold to the famous B-movie company American International Pictures (AIP) which is probably one of the reasons it is considered a "Grindhouse" movie. Though a cult classic and a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino, the film only recently became available in the U.S. via the MGM Archive program and a subsequent Blu-ray release.
The following weapons were used in the film Rolling Thunder:
Smith & Wesson Model 28
Smith & Wesson Model 19
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snubnose
Smith & Wesson Model 15
One of the thugs who shoots it out with Cliff appears to use a Smith & Wesson Model 15.
Smith & Wesson 44 Hand Ejector
One of the other thugs who shoots it out with Cliff appears to be armed with an older style 44 Smith & Wesson 2ND Model
Model 1911A1 Government
Cut-down Double Barrel 12 Gauge Shotgun
Winchester Model 1897 Shotgun
Remington 870 Field Gun
During the flashback scenes to when Major Rane was a prisoner of war in the "Hanoi Hilton" the North Vietnamese guards are shown using M16A1 rifles.
At the beginning of the movie we see a few unidentified firearms on the wall in Major Rane's workshop. We also see several firearms in the trunk of his car once he has begun his self-appointed mission of vengance.