DVD: Rolling Thunder (18)

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This brutal 1977 revenge drama was one of the first films to examine the after effects of serving in Vietnam.

William Devane's Major Charles Rane, a PoW who was tortured by the Vietcong, returns to a hero's welcome in San Antonio, before going home to discover his wife has shacked up with another man. His problems escalate when a group of roughnecks enter his house, amputate his hand and murder his family. Rane tracks down the murderers down to Mexico, accompanied by Linda (Linda Haynes) who's taken a shine to this killing machine. This is also notable for Tommy Lee Jones's performance as Rane's war buddy.