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''Tank'' is a 1984 action-{{dramedy}} film starring James Garner (from ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' and ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' primarily, but also the antagonist of ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''), Shirley Jones (''ThePartridgeFamily''; ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'') and C. Thomas Howell (''Film/RedDawn1984''), and also James Cromwell (''Film/{{Babe}}'', ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', ''Film/TheGreenMile'', ''Film/SpaceCowboys'', ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'', ''Film/IRobot'', ''Film/TheLongestYard'' and ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'') and G. D. Spradlin (''[[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather Part II]]'' and ''Film/ApocalypseNow'') as TheDragon and the CorruptCop, respectively.

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!!''Tank'' has examples of:

* AFatherToHisMen: Sgt. Major Zack Carey to his kid, and to other people's kids.
* CorruptCop: Sheriff Cyrus Buelton. And everyone else.
* CorruptHick: Sheriff Buelton. He frames Carey's son for drug possession and cheating him out of his retirement money ''and'' forcing him to sell his recently-purchased boat.
* DirtForcefield: Works on Bill's skin, but not his clothing.
* {{Dramedy}}
* GoodOlBoy: Cyrus. The trope is even referenced by name.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Sarah.
* HumiliationConga: The second half of the film pretty much amounts to this for Sheriff Buelton, starting with his office being flattened and ending with him landing face-down in the mud.
* KangarooCourt: The "trial" that Carey's son gets: In only a few hours the defense attorney is found in contempt of court and jailed, Carey's son is arraigned, tried, and sentenced to years of prison on felony drug charges, and immediately shipped off to prison later the same day.
* LockAndLoadMontage: [[spoiler:More like a Start Up The Tank Montage, but it still counts.]]
* MilitaryBrat: Bill and (the dead) John.
* MilitaryMaverick: Subverted; Zack is all for keeping the peace in the armed forces. [[spoiler:Before he goes on his road trip, he resigns from the army, meaning it's now a strictly civilian matter. The army can't get involved.]]
* MortonsFork: The governor of Tennessee (the state to which Sergeant-Major Carey and his tank are trying to escape) faces one when confronted with the question of whether he'll fight Carey's extradition.
-->'''Governor:''' If I say "yes", I'm harboring a fugitive. If I say "no", I've just shot Jesse James.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Carey forces Euclid, Buelton's cretinous deputy, to strip naked in public after he destroys the sheriff's station. The townsfolk find it hilarious.
* OneManArmy
* OhCrap: When Euclid emerges from inside the sheriff's station to find himself staring down the Sherman's barrel.
-->'''Carey:''' I do believe I gotcha covered.
* PapaWolf: Shown zealously earlier on[[spoiler:, then taken UpToEleven later]].
* PrecisionFStrike: "Sergeant, that's the best fuckin' apple cobbler I ever tasted." And in a PG movie, too. [[note]] Since the PG-13 rating designation had not yet been instituted, the movie was originally rated "R" by the MPAA, then later changed to a "PG" rating after a successful appeal.[[/note]]
* PrisonRape: [[spoiler:Implied that this will happen to Bill.]]
* SocietyMarchesOn: The plot of the film is based on the idea that if they can flee across the state line to Tennessee, they can be safely beyond prosecution. When the movie was made in 1984, that was the law in the United States, under the Supreme Court ruling Kentucky v. Dennison from 1861. However, three years after the film was made, that ruling was overturned in Puerto Rico v. Branstad which ruled that states cannot refuse extradition requests from other states. The plot of the film wouldn't have worked just three years later. Not to mention how the country would react in a post 9/11 environment to a vigilante with a vintage tank blasting his way across the southern US.
** Although it should be pointed out that Zack wasn't fleeing with his son to Tennessee to avoid prosecution as he knew that there would be an extradition request. Which means there'd be a hearing, but not the KangarooCourt that his son was subjected to. They in turn would be given a chance to explain their side of the story to a Judge, which would trigger an investigation on the CorruptHick Sheriff. In his words, they weren't running from the law, they were running toward it. Even if extradition were granted, by then there'd so much public attention and witnesses that there would be no way for the Sheriff and his cronies to cover it up or avoid an investigation.
** Also, today, if a law enforcement official did those things, he'd find himself subject to an FBI Investigation for Civil Rights violations. Law Enforcement takes a ''very'' dim view of people abusing their authority to do things like sexual slavery and extortion along with ordering a posse to fire on unarmed civilians outside his jurisdiction. The same would go for the Judge of that KangarooCourt.
* TankGoodness: It's in the ''name''.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer basically tells the whole story.
* VanillaEdition: Loading this DVD into your player's tray is like inserting a VHS tape into your VCR. There isn't even a menu. It just starts playing the movie.
* WasItReallyWorthIt
* WifeBasherBasher: Zack informs one of his subordinates in explicit terms that he can't beat up his wife, he needs to get counseling, and if he does it again, nothing, not the stockade or loss of his pension, will stop him. "I will destroy you in place."
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