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Junkfood Cinema: For Whom The Thunder Rolls

Rolling Thunder

American International Pictures

This week, Cargill and I call down the thunder. Specifically, we discuss one of our absolute favorite exploitation revenge films from the 1970s: Rolling Thunder.

Written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) pens this incredibly subversive Vietnam War parable about a man pushed back into a life of violence when his triumphant return form a POW camp is interrupted by a thieving group of good ol’ boys/murders.

Cargill and I chat about the baser satisfactions of this revenge movie, as well as the legitimately brilliant performances from William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones, and the intriguing religious allegory of the film’s intensely layered script.

That, plus…you know, Sam Peckinpah-worthy shoot-outs.

You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema).

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On This Week’s Show:

  • Pre-Ramble [0:00 – 2:00]
  • The Thunder Rolls [2:00 – 46:00]
  • Denouement [46:00 – 52:30]

Films Discussed:

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Rolling Thunder

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Brian Salisbury has been a film critic and internet gadfly for six years. He is the co-host of FSR's Junkfood Cinema podcast and the co-founder of OneOfUs.Net. Brian is a cult film and exploitation buff who loves everything from Charlie Chaplin to Charlie Bronson.

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