There's a storm brewing in Major Charles Rane. They killed his wife and son, took his right hand, and destroyed his soul. His anger is building, and it's going to explode. Now, from Paul Schrader, the writer of Taxi Driver, comes a story of a man poised on the brink of violence...
Rolling Thunder (1977)
This is a fantastic revenge movie and one of the best of it's kind. It stars William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones (both of whom give excellent performances), Linda Haynes, James Best, and Dabney Coleman. It's one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite films. This film is not primarily a revenge flick, but it's also a statement on the Vietnam War, and how it affected those who came back to their home and families. William Devane plays Charles Rane as a man who fought for eight years with his friend Johnny Vohden played by Tommy Lee Jones, and he returns home to his wife who had been seeing another man, his son doesn't know him, and Johnny is also detached from his family and home. Charles Rane was tortured as a POW in 'Nam, and because of this, he's learned not to feel any pain (such as when he gets his right hand taken off by a garbage disposable), or any real sorrow even when his family is killed. There is a particularly great scene where he talks about how he succumbed to the rope torture in prison ("You have to learn to love the rope."), even forcing one of his friends who hasn't served any combat, to recreate one of the torture methods with rope on him, it's pretty strong stuff. Rane and Johnny decide to get revenge against the men who desecrated Charles's life. It's a fantastic, dark, brutal, and riveting film that I highly recommend.