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Major Charles Rane Is Coming Home To War!

A 1970s thriller starring William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones.

The story of returning Vietnam War veteran Major Charles Rane who has spent the last seven years in a POW camp. He comes home to find his wife has moved on and his son doesn't remember him. His home town is determined to give him a homecoming and presents him with a number of gifts including silver dollars, one for each of his days in captivity. A group of rednecks attempt to steal his money and then murder his wife and son. Major Rane vows revenge...

This movie contains examples of:

  • Cool Shades
  • Firing One-Handed: A necessity for Rane, because he only has one hand.
  • Handicapped Badass: Rane gets his hand shredded on a trash disposal by the rednecks when they steal the silver dollars. He uses a hook hand (which he sharpens to a table-and-head penetrating point) for the rest of the film, and loses very little capacity to kick ass because of this.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Major Charles Rane and his buddy Sergeant Johnny Vohden
  • The Stoic: Rane. He's so shell-shocked that his hand getting shredded makes him have flashbacks to his torture as a POV, but absolutely no external response (like screaming).
  • Tranquil Fury
  • The Vietnam War